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LaFleur, Suzanne.
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2016
IL 3-6, RL  4.0
ISBN: 0385743009

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The country of Sofarende is at war. The army is recruiting children and paying their families for their services. Mathilde and Megs, both 12, are best friends. Although they are both old enough to take the army aptitude test, only Mathilde passes. She has to leave behind Megs, her parents, and her two little sisters and live in a remote mansion where about 80 children are housed with soldiers and other adults. The children there are tracking the progress of the war, monitoring transmissions, and producing intelligence used to stop the progress of the enemy. Mathilde, on the other hand, is assigned a different task. She is sent to talk to Rainer, a prisoner of war, with whom she soon develops a close relationship. This book is both moving and suspenseful. It teaches us that kindness can be used as a weapon, and that children have the power to see what adults cannot. It ends on a tense cliff-hanger, but donít worry, a sequel is planned. (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:   Best friends -- Fiction.
                        Survival -- Fiction.
                        War -- Fiction.

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