Controversial Song of the Day: “This is War” by 30 Seconds to Mars
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War is definitely a topic that teens should read about. Not only to know the history of their country, but also to understand what their peers go through if they are part of the military (several teens are enlisting in the military since they can sign up when they are 17 and due to incentives like the GI Bill) and they are involved in a war.
Not only do teens need books about war and the military because of their peers, but also because they may be the child of someone who serves in the military and may be sent to war. Pam works with several teens who are in military families and they struggle to adjust to new environments and usually act out when a parent is deployed. Having a novel they can turn to can make them feel a little more comfortable with this part of their life.
A few novels that may help them deal with either being in a military, coping during times of war, or the aftermath of war are:
* Back Home by Julia Keller
* The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
* Out of the Blue by S.L. Rottman
* Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick
* Soldier X by Don L. Wulffson
Do you think that teens need to read novels where war and the military are front and center? Have you written anything that revolves around wars and/or the military?