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The Always Warby Margaret Peterson Haddix
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For as long as Tessa can remember, her country has been at war. When local golden boy Gideon Thrall is awarded a medal for courage, itand#8217;s a rare bright spot for everyone in Tessaand#8217;s townand#8212;until Gideon refuses the award, claims he was a coward, and runs away. Tessa is bewildered, and canand#8217;t help but follow Gideon to find out the truth. But Tessa is in for more than she bargained for. Before she knows it, she has stowed away on a rogue airplane and is headed for enemy territory. But all that pales when she discovers a shocking truth that rocks the foundation of everything sheand#8217;s ever believedand#8212;a truth that will change the world. But is Tessa strong enough to bring it into the light?
"When 15-year-old Tessa attends a ceremony to honor her neighbor Gideon, a hero in a 70-year war that has worn down the society she lives in, she has no idea where his refusal of the award will lead them. Hope is a rare commodity in this future America, but Tessa finds just enough of it to follow Gideon onto a warplane he purchases on the black market. Along with another stowaway, they land in enemy territory, where Gideon hopes to make reparations for the lives he's taken; they discover, however, that everything they know about the war is an illusion. It's a smart premise, considering that the book's U.S. audience has basically grown up in a nation at war, yet Haddix's (Claim to Fame) story is more about uncovering the unreality of war than its truths. The novel has more than a few hints of The Wizard of Oz (one can almost feel the book switch from b&w to Technicolor), but its final revelations and the idea of this trio as its society's salvation don't feel believable, drawing focus away from the author's message. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle-grade novels, including the Shadow Children series an
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