Children & Teens Books of the Week

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Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Victo Ngai (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781512410143
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Published: Millbrook Press - September 1st, 2017

What do the art of camouflage, King George V, and sea lions have in common? Find out in Chris Barton’s Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion (Millbrook, $19.99). As German U-boats worked to sink supply ships and the British Royal Navy, Britain scrambled to find new ways to turn the tide of WWI. What if there was a way to confuse a submarine officer so that they couldn’t identify the course of a ship? In 1917, Royal Navy officer Norman Wilkinson and a team of 12 female artists began dazzle painting ships with confusing and crazy patterns. By 1918, almost 3,000 British ships and over 1,200 American ships had been “dazzled”! Victo Ngai’s mesmerizing illustrations showcase the artistry of this unlikely journey. Artists, history buffs, and fans of the improbable will be enchanted by this little-known story. Ages 8-12. Cristina Strunk.

Blast from the Past
War Horse Cover Image
ISBN: 9780439796644
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 1st, 2010

Joey is a horse. Joey is a horse who is going to tell you all about World War I. At least, he will, if you give Michael Morpurgo a chance to convince you that a horse should narrate a war story. Built around the recurring pattern of attachment and separation this War Horse (Scholastic, $7.99) experiences—from his mother at an auction, from a young farm lad named Albert when he's taken by the Army, from his first captain after the war's disastrous last cavalry charge—the book conveys the horrors of war on a child's level without letting those horrors have the last word. Don’t pass up this slim, but powerful book. Ages 10-14. Sharat Buddhavarapu.


YA Pick
The War to End All Wars: World War I Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544021716
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 2nd, 2013

Nearly 100 years ago the “Great War” came to a close and with it staggering figures that represented not only deaths from battles, but physical and mental scars of those who fought and suffered through four years of brutal warfare. Russell Freedman does a masterful job weaving together these facts, plus stories and archival photos, in The War To End All Wars: World War I (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $10.99). A former journalist and Korean War vet, Freedman has written this book for a young audience so one is never overwhelmed with the gruesome reality of war, yet the reader comes away with insightful knowledge of the people, places, and repercussions of the first modern global war. Ages 12 and up. Heidi Ashton Yoon.