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Armstrong, Jennifer.
New York : Dell Laurel-Leaf, 2003.
IL 5-8, RL 6.7
ISBN 0440237653
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‘Shattered’ contains twelve short stories, written by popular young adult authors, about how children are affected by war.  A single line of text runs along the bottom of each story giving disturbing facts about either the war in that story or about children and war in general.

One story tells about a Japanese-American high school boy woken from sleep to put on his ROTC uniform during the Pearl Harbor attack and defend his country.  Another tells about a boy and his little sister living off of food found in abandoned bakeries and homes while machine guns and bombs are going off all around them.  To pass time, they play a game where one of them starts counting.  If a bomb explodes before getting to ten, a point is earned.

The cover of the book is a haunting, real picture of a young Lebanese girl holding a machine gun with other elementary school children lined up behind her in military uniforms.  (Davinna Artibey, Denver Center for International Studies, DPS, CO)

SUBJECTS:     War -- Fiction.
                        Short stories.

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