Summer Soldiers by Susan Hart Lindquist

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Reminiscent of Stand by Me and Lily's Crossing, this story of courage and camaraderie during World War I will touch the hearts of readers.

Joe is trying hard to be brave. His father has left to fight in the Great War, and now it's up to him, at age 11, to keep his household and sheep ranch running smoothly.
He would much prefer fishing and kidding around with his pals--and avoiding the ever-bullying Thornton brothers. But as the war heats up, his whole community seems to grow as nasty as the bullies, turning against some of their own townsfolk for reasons Joe can't understand. And though the summer has its moments of unexpected joy, it will take the shock of tragedy for Joe to finally discover the true meaning of courage, and the comfort and power of friendship.
 

About Susan Hart Lindquist

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Susan Hart Lindquist has always resided in California, where the rural countryside has been the setting for many of her stories, including her latest novel Summer Soldiers. Growing up, Lindquist lived with her parents and sister, as well as a cousin, an elderly aunt, a fat yellow dog, and an assortment of cats. Every summer the family headed north to stay with friends on their ranch and that is where she learned to ride horses, catch fish, and herd sheep. A great deal of the action in Lindquist's stories takes place outdoors, especially since she loves the woods and mountains. Although she craves the wilderness and wide-open spaces, as well as being close to the ocean, she also enjoys the hustle and bustle of city living. In a city filled with lots of people, lots of noise and lots of good food
 
Published May 11, 1999 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 192 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Joe Farrington takes on a host of new responsibilities on the sheep ranch after his father decides to ""go after that Kaiser Wilhelm."" Mr. Farrington is not the only one to enlist--all the other men in the neighborhood join up as well, except for Mr. Morgan, the father of Joe's friend Jim.

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