Reading Riot: Books to Salute Military Veterans
Each year the library honors local veterans by displaying photographs that have been shared by friends and family. The photo collage gives us a glimpse into their stories and a chance to pay tribute to their service.
If you’d like to read books that touch on military life and the bravery and sacrifice made by veterans, check out these recommendations from the young adult and juvenile collection.
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
On the road with her war veteran father, Hayley longs for a normal life at her new school but her father’s PTSD threatens to destroy their lives.
On a lighter note, Army Brats follows the Bailey family as they move into an army base in Virginia where there are a lot of adjustments to make and the mystery of an abandoned – possibly haunted – old building to solve.
Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis
Sisters Octavia and Tali take a road trip with their grandmother, who tells them about growing up black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps.
In Wild Life, 12-year-old Eric’s parents are deployed to Iraq and he goes to live in small-town North Dakota, but his grandfather’s hostility compels him to run away with his dog and a gun determined to make it on his own out on the prairie.
Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes
At an Air Force base school, new teacher Miss Loupe uses improvisational acting exercises with her skeptical 6th-grade students. A family tragedy causes them to use what they have learned to help her, her brother, and other wounded soldiers.
Howard E. Wasdin in I am a SEAL Team Six Warrior recounts the story of how he overcame a tough and abusive childhood to fulfill his dream of joining the exciting and dangerous world of the Navy SEALs by becoming a Special Forces sniper.
∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library
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