In 1944, when her brother is overseas fighting in World War II, eleven-year-old Margaret changes her mind about the school bully, Gordy, after she discovers he is hiding his own brother, a deserter.

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  • Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
  • Nebraska Golden Sower Book Award
  • South Carolina Children's Book Award
  • Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List



✭"The complex arguments for and against pacifism are woven into this involving story of a girl's experiences on the home front during World War II."—School Library Journal, STARRED review

✭"The ever-popular World War II genre gains new depth in Hahn's painfully honest story about a sixth-grade girl in small-town Maryland who must decide whether or not to help a pacifist deserter."—ALA Booklist, STARRED review

"Suspenseful, carefully wrought, and thought-provoking—a fine achievement."—Kirkus Reviews

ISBN-13/EAN: 978-0-547-07660-7 Paperback

ISBN-13/EAN: 978-0-395-58507-8 Hardcover