Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur

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Mathilde is timid and strong, childlike and complex, vividly narrating her story in great detail, encompassing myriad characters and events, all without censoring her fears...Deeply emotional, compelling, and brilliant.
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Beautiful Blue World is a thrilling and moving story of children who become the key to winning a war.
 
Sofarende is at war. For twelve-year-old Mathilde, it means food shortages, feuding neighbors, and bombings. Even so, as long as she and her best friend, Megs, are together, they’ll be all right.
 
But the army is recruiting children, and paying families well for their service. If Megs takes the test, Mathilde knows she will pass. Megs hopes the army is the way to save her family. Mathilde fears it might separate them forever.
 
This touching and suspenseful novel is a brilliant reimagining of war, where even kindness can be a weapon, and children have the power to see what adults cannot.


Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Outstanding Merit
Junior Library Guild Selection
Selected for the Kansas NEA Reading Circle Catalog
Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List
 

About Suzanne LaFleur

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SUZANNE LAFLEUR received her MFA in writing for children from The New School. This is her second novel.
 
Published September 13, 2016 by Wendy Lamb Books. 226 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Excellent
on May 18 2016

Mathilde is timid and strong, childlike and complex, vividly narrating her story in great detail, encompassing myriad characters and events, all without censoring her fears...Deeply emotional, compelling, and brilliant.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 02 2016

Readers will be drawn in by the underlying belief that kids’ work is important and powerful, and eager for the promised sequel.

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