Off to War: Voices of Soldiers' Children
Written by Deborah Ellis.
Published by Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2008.
|Deborah Ellis has been widely praised for her
gripping books portraying the plight of children in war-torn countries. Now she
turns her attention closer to home, to the children whose parents are soldiers
fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. In frank and revealing interviews, they talk
about how this experience has marked and shaped their lives in Off to
The children, who range in age from 7 to 17, come from all over the United States and Canada. They were interviewed on military bases, in the streets, in their homes and over the phone. They speak with remarkable candour about how war has touched their daily lives, and remind us that although they may be living safely in North America, children always suffer when nations go to war.
The Strength of Off to War is that the children are left to speak for themselves, with little editorial interference beyond a brief introduction. The book also includes a glossary, a list of organizations and websites and suggestions for further reading.
This book is intended for ages 9 and up.
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