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Read the Story of the First Heroes of the Pacific

Remember Wake

2003 EVVY Award Winner for Fiction

Based on a true story . . .
December 1941. The Pacific.
While the world focuses on the carnage at Pearl Harbor, tiny Wake Island 2,300 miles west is also under attack. On it are 1,200 civilians and a small detachment of Marines. This frightened, under-equipped band of Americans will hold the mighty Japanese navy at bay for sixteen days before succumbing to a sweeping invasion. "Remember Wake" becomes a battle cry for a nation marching to war.

Read about WWII WACs, Women Pilots, Doughnut Dollies, and More

Dancing in Combat Boots

2007 Colorado Book Award Finalist
2007 EVVY Award Winner for Fiction

Based on true stories . . .
When the going got tough during World War II, America's women got going. By the millions, they stepped into factories, offices, hospitals—anywhere capable hands were needed. The eleven fictional stories in this remarkable collection are based on real women whose experiences were at once typical and extraordinary.

Books for Readers Age 8-13

New in the Home-Front Heroes Series

War on a Sunday Morning

Thirteen-year-old Rose Williams has trouble fitting in. She wishes she could be more courageous like her brother, Les. On the Sunday morning of December 7, 1941, Rose watches in horror as the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, Hawaii! With the whole island fearing an enemy invasion, and some of her friends in danger, Rose realizes that—scared or not—everyone must be daring in times of war.

Home-Front Heroes Series

Wave Me Good-bye

2013 EVVY Award Winner for Juvenile Fiction

Miriam Liebler has a lot on her mind. World War II is raging and her Jewish relatives in Europe have simply disappeared. No one understands her worries— until she meets Christopher Richards, an English boy whisked to America to escape the bombings of London. Miriam and Chris exchange comic books and secrets through the iron bars of the orphanage fence. But will their friendship survive when trouble brews?

Home-Front Heroes Series

V for Victory

2010 Colorado Book Award Finalist

Twelve-year-old Miguel Montoya feels left behind. Everyone else in his large family is “doing his part” for the war effort. His brother is flying dangerous missions over enemy territory, while his sister and aunt are volunteering around town. Miguel offers to take their places in the family grocery store, only to be told he’s not old enough to do anything more than sweep floors and keep an eye on his bothersome nephew, Victor. When Miguel befriends a wounded soldier, though, the realities of war hit home. And on the fateful day when his family needs him most, it is Miguel who must do his part to save his nephew.

Home-Front Heroes Series

The No-No Boys

2008 Colorado Book Award Finalist

Fourteen-year-old Tai Shimoda's family has lost everything. Like many other Japanese-Americans at the start of World War II, Tai's family has been forced to move to Tule Lake Relocation Center in Northern California. Though he misses his friends back home, Tai does his best to start a new life behind the barbed wire of camp. But in the spring of 1943, tensions at Tule Lake are growing. Tai's older brother has joined a group who has refused to swear allegiance to the United States. They call themselves the No-Nos. Will Tai follow in his brother's footsteps, or like his father, stay true to America?

Home-Front Heroes Series

Doing My Part

2007 Colorado Book Award Finalist
2007 EVVY Award winner for Juvenile Fiction

Until World War II came along, fourteen-year-old Helen Marshall's biggest problem had been her height. Few men in Hayden's Valley, Illinois, are as tall as Helen. But when Helen's mother is injured, and her favorite cousin ships off to fight, Helen must find a way to support both her family and her country.