Sonny's War by Valerie Hobbs

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After her father dies, fourteen-year-old Corin needs her brother, Sonny, more than ever. Sonny is quiet but he's a great listener, and Cory knows where she can always find him - in the garage, working on his car. Life isn't so bad as long as Sonny is around. But thousands of miles from the sleepy little town of Ojala, California, where all the kids can think about is partying and racing, a war is going on, and Sonny is just the right age to be drafted. When Sonny tells Cory he's going to Vietnam, she is devastated. What are she and her mom supposed to do while he's gone? What if he doesn't come back at all? The new substitute history teacher is the only one who seems to understand. Cory has never met anybody like Lawrence. He's young, he's handsome, and he's passionately against the war that took her brother away. As Cory turns to Lawrence for the comfort Sonny once gave, she finds herself wanting much more than Lawrence could ever provide.

In her latest novel, Valerie Hobbs eloquently depicts the feelings of loss, betrayal, and love felt by a young woman amid the confusion and excitement of the 1960s.
 

About Valerie Hobbs

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Valerie Hobbs is the recipient of the 1999 PEN / Norma Klein Award and the author of many acclaimed books for children, including Tender. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.
 
Published September 27, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Cory’s older brother, Sonny, becomes her new confidant, but when he is called to duty, Cory and her mother must cope with their new lives—Cory surviving high school, her mother running the family café, and both constantly worrying about Sonny.

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