Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

FOUR-FOUR-TWO, by Dean Hughes

The story: Yuki and Shig decide to enlist in WWII to fight for their country–and to prove that America is their country. They become part of the 4-4-2, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which while fighting in Europe became the most decorated combat group in history. The boys always thought they’d come home heroes…now they realize they’ll be lucky to make it home at all.

June Cleaver’s ratings: Language PG; Violence PG-13; Sexual content G; Nudity G; Substance abuse PG; Magic & the occult G; GLBT content G; adult themes (war and the horrors of war; PTSD; racial prejudice) PG-13; overall rating PG-13.

Liz’s comments: This was a powerful story of war and how it not only rips people apart, but brings them together in inexplicable ways. Give this to every boy who’s played one too many games of “Call of Duty” and thinks war is one big game. They’ll never think about it in quite the same way again.

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