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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060744278
  • ASIN: B003P2VDVU
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,574,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

L. M. Elliott is the author of several award-winning novels for young adults, including Under a War-Torn Sky, a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC) and a Jefferson Cup Honor Book; Give Me Liberty; and Annie, Between the States, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and an IRA/CBC Teachers' Choice. She lives with her husband and their two children in Virginia.

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This book is recommended for middle and high school readers.
B. Wilson
I liked it and thought it was good but what I didn't like was that while we get some closure on many of the characters there are some rather long loose ends.
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for finally answering all my questions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Wilson on August 27, 2009
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Peace at the end of a war-peace for whom? Peace provides no easy "peace of mind" or comfort for those who have been involved in war. This book takes the reader into the troubled mind of Henry, an American pilot who was shot down over occupied France during World War II. In Under a War Torn Sky(first book), he was hunted by the Germans and lived through many adventures as he sought to get to safety. At the beginning of this book Henry is back at his home in Virginia but he faces post-traumatic stress syndrome and can't seem to find peace.

His solution is to return to France to find the people who had helped him survive. While America is celebrating peace Henry finds a world turned upside down.

This book would be a great book for history teachers to use to illustrate the dicotomy of war and peace. I can see a parallel to the "peace" in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other similar "areas of unrest." This should be a "must read" for students of history, military strategy, and policy making. This book is recommended for middle and high school readers. I think younger readers would need some support to understand all the intricate details provided in this adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Monroe Legg on February 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a veteran high school teacher of Creative Writing, Honors English, and AP English Lit and Comp, as well as a variety of literature and writing courses designed for students who find reading and writing to be not the most exciting of academic (much less enjoyable) activities, I have found L.M. Elliott's works to be a godsend. From UNDER A WAR-TORN SKY to ANNIE: BETWEEN THE STATES and FLYING SOUTH, Ms. Elliott has never ceased to engage the interest and excitement of my students - from the most gifted to the most challenged. There is a comfort, a reassurance, for the reader in each of Ms. Elliott's works that the integrity of her historical fiction is intact - and that, even as the reader is being entertained literarily and educated historically, he is also being involved in the process of looking at and learning about the human condition . . . all with a remarkable respect for the very history that provides a backdrop to the fiction and for every individual who populates her pages. The same holds true for Ms. Elliott's HUNTER AND STRIPEe children's series, which never fails to deliver valuable life's lessons about fairness while bringing joy and laughter and warmth into the reader's heart. A TROUBLED PEACE not only continues Ms. Elliott's streak of excellence, it elevates dramatically the level of her willingness to reach into our hearts as well as engage our minds. My best, most advanced students love Peace, because "it's not pretentious; it speaks to us like we matter." A TROUBLED PEACE is not WAR AND PEACE, nor does it pretend to be; it is written, after all, for the intermediate reader . . . but, as does any great literature, it appeals to readers of all ages because it is superbly crafted and because it involves the reader.Read more ›
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I really enjoyed reading UNDER A WAR-TORN SKY to pass the time between exams when I was a senior in college and so despite being a bit older than the target audience I decided to go ahead and read the sequel. I liked it and thought it was good but what I didn't like was that while we get some closure on many of the characters there are some rather long loose ends. For example Henry himself doesn't have his story ended completely as he gets home and we know his mom wants him go to college but we don't really see what his plans are. And there is Patsy who we all know and love but I for one would have loved to have gotten to know her as well as I did some other characters. And lastly the relationship between Henry and Patsy is a bit confusing to me because I understand why they don't get engaged but I am not exactly sure where their relationship stands at the end of the book due to the fact that they haven't actually discussed it. Because of this I would actually love to see a third book where Henry's character really gets a solid ending. All in all a great way for kids and anyone else interested to learn about this fascinating period in history.
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Format: Hardcover
I've waited a long time to find out what happened to all my favorite characters and I was not disappointed. "A Troubled Peace" was just as interesting and exciting as "Under a War Torn Sky" -- I could hardly put it down. Thank you, thank you, thank you for finally answering all my questions. We are currently learning about WWII in school and unfortunately, the sad realities that millions of French people faced trying to rebuild their lives has not been part of the discussion. I can't wait to give it to my friends!
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book had some brilliant, well thought out, points. The author was able to convey thoughts of things that happened after WWII as well as any war before or since. Using the main character to wrap the story around his own ordeal was great. All characters had heart.

My problems with the book are hard to put my finger on. It might be that the main characters ordeals felt "touched on" and not fully "lived". Yes, great use of him to wrap the story around but more of a background story, even if dribbled out throughout the entire book, would have been great. The other problem - I was not convinced that the author really knew about the horrors of warfare. I felt they had researched it and / or interviewed; all of this seemed to be from a third point of view instead of believing that the author was encountering or had encountered the things I was reading.

Again, the author makes some brilliant points about the chaotic nature of warfare and how what may seem to be obvious might not be so obvious after the backstory is told.

I would recommend this book as a library "read" or inexpensive purchase. I think the author will be one that I watch closely as the writing has a lot of potential almost realized in this book!
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