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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...

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

  • 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

  • Librariann

    Ages 11+

    All of a sudden I am on a huge historical fiction kick, especially World War II historical fiction. I know, so out of character. So when I saw this ARC up on Edelweiss, I thought I'd give it a click. Apparently, the author has written two other really popular books? (I am SO out of the loop.) Quick, interesting, lovely, with characters that jumped off the page and a very realistic almost-romance. Also heartbreakingly showed how small moments can destroy or derail lives, especially during

  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    My emotions are shredded. I'm currently lacking the ability to convey how much I loved this and how it burrowed into my heart. This will be tough to recover from.



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    **I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The comments and thoughts found within this review are my own.**

    I am quickly finding my groove within historical fiction. Before I shied away from them and now I am seeking them

  • Emmi Rose  (emmirosereads)

    Thank you to TheNovl for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for a review

    "I don't want you to ever forget where you are. You are a prisoner here. I don't care if you have a new friend, or if there's a school newspaper, or if there are books in the new library, or if there are community picnics. Or if there's a football team everyone comes out to cheer for. At the end of the day you're a prisoner in the only way that matters. If our family wanted to leave they wouldn't let you."

    If this review

  • 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

  • Melissa

    Sixteen year old Margot is living in Iowa in 1944. Since her family is German, they are accused of being an enemy of the state and sent to a family internment camp in Crystal City, Texas that houses both the Germans and Japanese. She worries about her mom who is several months pregnant. In order to belong, her father feels like he must join the group of Nazis who are forming in the camp. Margot chooses to attend the National High School instead of the German school which is being run by uncertif ...more

  • Kelly Long

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

  • 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...