For Memorial Day, here are four books about young soldiers in different periods of American history. Thanks to all those who serve.
Sharpshooter, by Chris Lynch
Ivan has never backed down from a fight, and is eager to enlist in the Army to fight in Vietnam, but he soon discovers that this war is different from the one his father fought.
Sunrise over Fallujah, by Walter Dean Myers
Robin joins the Civil Affairs unit at the beginning of the Iraq War, thinking he’ll be home in just a few months, but the conflict stretches out ahead of him.
Operation Oleander, by Valerie O. Patterson
Jess and her friends establish the Order of the Oleander to collect supplies for an orphanage in Kabul, Afghanistan, where two of their parents are deployed, but when disaster strikes and many blame the Order, Jess must find a way to go on.
A Soldier’s Secret, by Marissa Moss
Nineteen-year-old Sarah masquerades as a man during the Civil War, serving as a nurse on the battlefield and a spy for the Union Army, escaping from the Confederates, and falling in love with one of her fellow soldiers. Based on the life of Sarah Emma Edmonds.