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The War Outside

A novel of conviction, friendship, and betrayal.It's 1944, and World War II is raging across Europe and the Pacific. The war seemed far away from Margot in Iowa and Haruko in Colorado--until they were uprooted to dusty Texas, all because of the places their parents once called home: Germany and Japan.Haruko and Margot meet at the high school in Crystal City, a "family internment camp" for those accused of colluding with the enemy. The teens discover that they are polar opposites in so many ways, except for one that seems to override all the others: the camp is changing them, day by day, and piece by piece. Haruko finds herself consumed by fear for her soldier brother and distrust of her father, who she knows is keeping something from her. And Margot is doing everything she can to keep her family whole as her mother's health deteriorates and her rational, patriotic father becomes a man who distrusts America and fraternizes with Nazis.With everything around them falling apart, Margot and...

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ISBN : 9780316316699
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages
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The War Outside Reviews

  • Karen Raskin

    3.5 stars, on the verge of rounding up but deciding against it. Compelling story and history behind it. But somehow wanted more...

  • Danny Kown

    I absolutely loved this book, and was hooked from the moment I read it. The deterioration of Haruko and Margot’s short lived friendship absolutely broke my heart, and I was hoping for a happy ending, but they’ll never see each other again. Huge praise to Monica Hesse for writing such a great book shining a light on the US internment camps. I can’t recommend The War Outside enough, because you can relate with Haruko or Margot. I can’t wait for what Monica Hesse writes next.

  • Shoshanna

    Scary, sad, sweet, I feel like I use these descriptions all the time. I have never read a YA fiction book about the internment camps before. This book follows two young women who develop a strong friendship (and maybe more?) over the course of their time in the camp.

    It's impossible to not notice the everyday restrictions the families face, and yet, unlike the death camps in Europe, life continues with high schools, working, streets, swimming pools. This is not to say that they are not a stain on
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  • Kelly Hager

    This is an incredibly powerful book about a part of the country's history that is generally glossed over. As most of us know, there were internment camps during World War II for Japanese-American residents. What you may not know (I didn't) is that some citizens of German descent were also there. And "camps" is a nice way of saying "prisons." (They weren't starved and at this particular camp, people were treated fairly well. But it's still not great and it's still not something we should be proud ...more

  • Kath (Read Forevermore)

    An arc of this book was sent to me by The NOVL/Little Brown Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    Rating: 4.5/5

    The War Outside is a heartbreaking historical fiction that highlights one of the darkest times in US history. It tells the story of two friends in internment camps used by the US during WWII, who are conflicted and struggle with trust, love, and finding a place for themselves in a cruel world.

    This story follows two friends, Japanese-America
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  • Kelly Long

    I read an ARC copy of this book. 3.5☆ rounded up.

  • Victoria

    I absolutely adored this book!! And I genuinely didn't expect to love this as much as I did - I read a book by this author before and didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I did this one. This completely blew my expectations away!! It is masterfully written! World War II is certainly an era that has inspired so much great fiction, but is an era that can be hard to add anything to it in a fresh and meaningful way. And this book completely accomplishes that!

    The alien enemy camp of Crystal City, Texas
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  • The Blonde Bookworm

    Title: The War Outside

    Author: Monica Hesse

    Pages: 336

    Publishing: September 25th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Synopsis: A stunning novel of conviction, friendship, and betrayal from Monica Hesse, the Edgar Award-winning and bestselling author of Girl in the Blue Coat

    It's 1944, and World War II is raging across Europe and the Pacific. The war seemed far away from Margot in Iowa and Haruko in Colorado--until they were uprooted to dusty Texas, all because of the places their parents
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