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Military-themed YA Fiction

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1freelunch
oct. 21, 2014, 9:31pm

My eleven-year old is a keen reader who has recently assimilated his peers' fascination with all things modern military (20th-21st century).

War stories aren't my thing so I've no experience to draw on. I'd appreciate any recommendations for in-print stand-alone or series books.

2Marissa_Doyle
oct. 21, 2014, 10:18pm

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac and Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers both come to mind, but I'd suggest having a look at them before handing them over to an 11-yr-old as they're both young adult books.

3weener
oct. 21, 2014, 11:22pm

I recently read Code Name Verity, and it was great! You might want to read it yourself first to make sure it's not too graphic for your kid (it's war, some people get killed).

4Cailiosa
oct. 22, 2014, 11:11am

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo might be a good one if he's interested in WWI. It's been a while since I've read it, but I don't recall it featuring anything too graphic for an eleven year old to handle.

5freelunch
nov. 4, 2014, 2:03am

Thanks for the suggestions :)

6MarthaJeanne
nov. 4, 2014, 2:39am

Heinlein's Space Cadet and Starship Troopers are classic sci-fi, but the military aspects are very interesting. Both were written as YA. They have aged, but I still enjoy them.

7georgelightgood
Editat: nov. 7, 2014, 3:58am

Still in the SciFi category, Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow are very oriented to-11 year-olds and military-esque life. I read them not so long a go and they were good.

I second the Heinlein books.

8triciareads55
des. 19, 2014, 2:09pm

Catalyst by Kincaid