Jennifer Maruno Kid Soldier

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Kid Soldier

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2015 Rocky Mountain Book Award ― Shortlisted

A boy is thrown into the middle of history’s biggest war.

Fatherless and penniless, fifteen-year-old Richard Fuller wants a bike, so Mr. Black, the baker hires him to help with deliveries. Mr. Black entertains him with army stories and teaches him Morse code. He invites Richard to attend the opening ceremonies of the local 1939 military camp. Infatuated with army life, Richard takes part in Army training camp under an assumed name. When war looms, he makes the most impulsive decision in his life and enlists.

He travels to England, witnesses the terror of the Battle of Britain, the horrible death of a German pilot, is caught in the London Blitzkrieg, and is wounded himself. When his true age is discovered, Richard faces a possible court-martial.

Will Richard’s desire for adventure lead to disaster so early in his life?

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About the Author:

Jennifer Maruno is a long-time educator. Her debut novel, When the Cherry Blossoms Fell, was shortlisted for the Hackmatack Award and the Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers Choice Award. She is also the author of Warbird, Cherry Blossom Winter, and Kid Soldier. She lives in Burlington, Ontario.

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Gr 7-10–A story set during World War II. Richard Fuller, 15, longs for a bicycle. He takes a series of odd jobs such as harvesting fruit and delivering bread to earn the money to buy one. His relationship with Mr. Black, the local baker, leads to the teen's interest in Morse code and an army training camp. Shortly after attending the camp, underaged Richard enlists in the Canadian army under a fake name. Maruno creates a well-realized world for Richard and her readers in every setting she places him, be it the humid house where his mother does her laundry work or the tense scouting and air-raid scenes in England. She even communicates the shift the hero experiences when he returns home from the war. The theme of family is skillfully woven throughout the novel. Mr. and Mrs. Black, the neighbors who love and mentor Richard, fill the void left by his grieving mother and his deceased father, a veteran who died when he was young. Richard's relationship with his mother realistically matures while he's away. However, the protagonist's near-perfect affability makes his likable character less believable. Maruno reveals in her author's note that Kid Soldier is based on her father's war experiences, which perhaps explains the idealized Richard. Iain Lawrence's B for Buster (Delacorte, 2004) is a good companion to this story.–Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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