War Games by Audrey Couloumbis

War Games

byAudrey Couloumbis, Akila Couloumbis

Kobo ebook | October 27, 2009

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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. What’s real is working in his papa’s 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 (Petros’s family most of all). And for the first time, Petros has the chance to show Zola that he’s 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Title:War GamesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 27, 2009Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375893024

ISBN - 13:9780375893025

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from War Games by Audrey Couloumbis Loved this book. It's a story about how resistance comes in many forms. This is the story of a greek family in a small town that stands between the German army and the Suez Canal. Two brothers enlist their friends to help resist the occupation in small ways. Eventually, they are placed in a situation where they are forced to grow up a bit more and their bravery is tested. They grow in independence and as a family. Based on true events, this tells a not-often-heard side of WWII. Full of great character development in a setting that is unfamiliar but easy to relate to for my urban students. Not only teaches the realities of war but the human experience of it since it involves a family from a small town instead of people involved in the real fighting. Also, ample opportunities to discuss symbolism.
Date published: 2017-10-07