Caught in the Crossfire: Young People and War

An exciting program that helps readers of all ages explore the important theme of young people affected by war.

The program is designed for two different age groups:

The middle school version is easier to read, but still contains rich themes and provides an excellent starting point for discussion.

  • Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulson (American Civil War)
  • The Gadget by Paul Zindel (Atomic age)
  • So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins (World War II)
  • Red Midnight by Ben Mikaelsen (Guatemalan Civil War)

The high school version has longer, more sophisticated books and could also be enjoyed by an adult reading group.

  • Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers (Vietnam)
  • Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian (Armenian genocide)
  • Soldier X by Don Wulffson (World War II)
  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (World War I)

Book Discussion In a Box
Caught in the Crossfire organizers will receive:

  • 10 copies of each of the titles in the program (40 books total)
  • discussion questions and enhancement materials
  • list of supplemental activity ideas
  • list of recommended films
  • evaluation tools
  • promotional posters
  • bookmarks
  • flyers

Discussion questions for all age groups will be included, as well as discussion questions for suggested additional titles, a list of supplemental activities and suggested film/dvd titles for tie-in programming. Plus enhancements that will help young readers understand and relate to the material: a picture book, author interviews, articles about the featured time periods and locations, background on military history and weapons, timelines, recipes.