★ Bankstreet Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2012 (Twelve to Fourteen, Outstanding Merit)
1940. The war in Europe is the news of the day, and Eddie Carl thinks America should step up and save the world. But Eddie’s too young to fight, and the farm in Ellisville, Illinois, is a long way from the front. Ellisville: where the big news stories are gophers in the graveyard and the new bank alarm.
But then America joins the war and Eddie’s brother Thomas goes off to fly a bomber. Suddenly the war doesn’t seem so far away. And Eddie faces more grown-up problems at home: A fire destroys the Strothers’ place, and Eddie’s Gypsy friend is accused of arson. Grampa Rob is stubborn and mean. Grama Lucy is hiding something. And that redhead Sarah definitely likes him—unless maybe she hates him.
Eddie’s in the middle of it all, trying to figure out what’s right. This is Eddie’s war.