Adler, David A.: Don't Talk to Me about the War.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review
 
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ADLER, David A. Don't talk to me about the war. Penguin, Viking. 176p. c2008. 978-0-670-063079. $15.99. J

Thirteen-year-old Tommy lives in the Bronx, NY, and he's a huge Dodgers fan. But the year is 1940, and there's more going on in the world than baseball. His friend Beth, on whom he has a crush, follows the war news carefully in the newspapers, and gradually Tommy starts to follow it too. His Jewish friend Sarah, who emigrated recently from Germany, gives him an understanding of the fear and horror people in Europe are experiencing. Meanwhile, Tommy's mother is experiencing some strange symptoms: her hand shakes, she stumbles often, and her vision is blurred. The diagnosis is multiple sclerosis, and Tommy must take on more responsibilities at home, helping out with shopping and cooking. An epilogue...

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