- Named one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year
- Named A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
During the months following Pearl Harbor, 11-year-old Foster Simmons changes from a social misfit to the undisputed leader of the kids in his San Diego neighborhood as they work for the war effort and play war games in the vacant lot near their school. Things change at home, too, as Foster's domineering father becomes an air raid warden, his mother volunteers for the Red Cross, and his big brother's Army Air Corps unit is sent overseas.
"Reeder dexterously splices together Foster's views of the domestic battlefield with his experience of WWII, from his best friend's internment in a camp for Japanese Americans to scrap drives at school."
"A vivid and compelling piece of historical fiction that also serves as a telling commentary on the effects an abusive parent has on his family."