Grown-ups said us kids could help our country win. Eat more corn. Give up sugar. Buy Thrift stamps. Collect prune pits. After a whole year doing this sissy stuff, we still hadn’t won. I wasn’t old enough to enlist, but this summer I’d do something dangerous. Something tough and brave. —George Callahan
Twelve-year-old George’s family won’t take him seriously. He’s ready to fight like a man on the front lines of the Great War, but instead he gets stuck on the home front, with nothing more exciting to do than look out for his younger sisters and elderly neighbor, Mrs. Schmitt.
But with no sign of victory in Europe, things are getting more and more tense at home, especially after George’s older brother makes a startling announcement.
Set in 1918 Kansas City, this old-fashioned family drama brings you to the heart of the World War I home front. Issue-driven and entertaining, it’s a coming-of-age story that will still resonate with readers today.