War Games by Audrey Couloumbis
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Based on a true story of World War II.

For 12-year-old Petros, World War II feels unreal and far away. What’s real is working in his papa’s garden. Playing marbles with his friends. Fighting with his older brother, Zola. Zola, who must always be first. Who must always be best. But when the Germans invade Greece, the war suddenly comes impossibly close. Overnight, neighbors become enemies. People begin to keep secrets (Petros’s family most of all). And for the first time, Petros has the chance to show Zola that he’s not just a little brother but that he can truly be counted on. Soon what were once just boys’ games become matters of life and death as Petros and Zola each wonder if, like their resistance fighter cousin, they too can make a difference.

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About Audrey Couloumbis

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AUDREY COULOUMBIS's first book for children, Getting Near to Baby, won the Newbery Honor in 2000.

Author Residence: South Fallsburg, NY, and Keystone Heights, FL
Published October 10, 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 242 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When the Nazis take over their small town in 1941 Greece, 12-year-old Petros and his family must keep a dangerous secret: The children, born in America, would be targeted by the Germans, though it is never made clear exactly why.

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Newbery Honor–winning author Audrey Couloumbis (Getting Near to Baby ) collaborates with her husband, Akila, to tell a story inspired by his family history in Greece during WWII.

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But there is a moment when a boy is shot and apparently killed (it turns out to be a flesh wound), and there are references to soldiers fighting and being killed and injured.

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When their small town is occupied by the Germans during WWII, and the German colonel comes to live in their house, they try to go on with their lives as best as they can.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Twelve-year-old Petros is aware of the war, but it seems unreal to him and his friends - until the German occupation moves into their little Greek town and Petros’s family is forced to host the Commandant.

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