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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. Whats real is working in his papas 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 (Petross family most of all). And for the first time, Petros has the chance to show Zola that hes 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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"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. Twelve-year-old Petros and his older brother, Zola, live in the small town of Amphissa. Their rural life is interrupted when Nazis invade and a German commander takes up residence in their home. The family fears that their ties to America (the boys' father ran a store there, but they returned to Greece when it went bankrupt) will make them a target, and they hide all signs (such as American toys and clothing) that they are anything but an ordinary Greek family. Inspired by the courage of their cousin Lambros, a soldier who has escaped capture, Petros finds his own ways to contribute, including helping drop notes to spread war news; he also has an uneasy relationship with the German commander, who is something of a supportive presence but still the enemy. The Couloumbises craft a poignant and plainspoken account of the everyday impacts of a vast war and the importance of small victories. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Newbery Honor winner Audrey Couloumbis ("Getting Near to Baby") and her husband, Akila, deliver this gripping novel based on Akila's boyhood experiences during World War II, after the Germans invaded Greece. What were once just boys' games soon become matters of life and death for 12-year-old Petros and his older brother, Zola.

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Audrey Couloumbis is the author of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor winner, Getting Near to Baby. She is married to Akila Couloumbis.

Akila Couloumbis was born in New York. His family returned to Greece when he was six months old. This book is based on his boyhood wartime experiences there. He and Audrey live in upstate New York and Florida.

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Jodeana, February 13, 2010 (view all comments by Jodeana)
It seems that there are a number of Holocaust books, but this one deals with World War II from a completely different vantage. No one fully expected the Germans to be all that interested in Greece. When the Suez Canal became a strategically valuable location, the Germans began their inexorable march towards it via Greece. Petros (aged 12) and Zola (his older brother) have heard the Germans are coming, and, in fact, their father has them keeping a lookout. The family immigrated from the United States to Greece, and, as the conflict heated up, found themselves stranded in Greece rather than risking the U-Boat infested waters to get back. It is widely known that the Germans shoot Americans, so with the impending invasion, all trinkets from America and all English language is abandoned in an effort to stay alive. Their cousin, Lambros, is embroiled in the tale when he escapes the Gestapo and hides in their well under the nose of a German colonel who moves into their home. The story moves somewhat slowly at times, but the interactions between pre-teen boys, their friends, and their older siblings rings true. The author’s note at the end describing the connection between the authors and the story is particularly fascinating. This is definitely a book that is worth including and would make a good read-aloud from upper elementary to high school.
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ISBN:
9780375856280
Author:
Couloumbis, Audrey
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers
Author:
Couloumbis, Akila
Author:
Audrey Couloumbis and Akila Couloumbis
Subject:
Brothers
Subject:
Cousins
Subject:
Historical - Other
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Historical
Subject:
Historical - Military & Wars
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Random House
Series:
Junior Library Guild Selection
Publication Date:
20091027
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.36x5.76x.90 in. .79 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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. Twelve-year-old Petros and his older brother, Zola, live in the small town of Amphissa. Their rural life is interrupted when Nazis invade and a German commander takes up residence in their home. The family fears that their ties to America (the boys' father ran a store there, but they returned to Greece when it went bankrupt) will make them a target, and they hide all signs (such as American toys and clothing) that they are anything but an ordinary Greek family. Inspired by the courage of their cousin Lambros, a soldier who has escaped capture, Petros finds his own ways to contribute, including helping drop notes to spread war news; he also has an uneasy relationship with the German commander, who is something of a supportive presence but still the enemy. The Couloumbises craft a poignant and plainspoken account of the everyday impacts of a vast war and the importance of small victories. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Newbery Honor winner Audrey Couloumbis ("Getting Near to Baby") and her husband, Akila, deliver this gripping novel based on Akila's boyhood experiences during World War II, after the Germans invaded Greece. What were once just boys' games soon become matters of life and death for 12-year-old Petros and his older brother, Zola.
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