Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Code Word Courage by Kirby Larsen - ADVISABLE

Code Word Courage by Kirby Larson, 233 pages. Scholastic Press, 2018. $17.00.

Language: G (0 swears 0 'f'); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (war violence, injuries)



11-year old Billie lives with her Aunt in California.  It's early on in WWII, and her brother Leo has recently joined the Marines. He comes home from camp on a weekend pass with a friend, Denny.  Denny, a Navajo (Diné), finds an injured dog, Bear, along the way and leaves him with Billie.

I loved the two perspectives: the battle field and the home front. It was good to see the relation the families at home had to the war and to each other.  I also liked the realistic portrayal of the discrimination against Mexicans, and the conflict Denny faced choosing Diné or Marines.  You can't go wrong with a dog book, combine it with WWII and it will get plenty of readers.

Lisa Librarian  

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