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Off to War: Voices of Soldiers' Children

Off to War: Voices of Soldiers' Children    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-88899-895-8
Pages 176
Language English only
Price $12.95
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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 War.

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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This page last modified: October 9, 2008

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