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Young Adult Fiction Military & Wars

War of the Eagles

by (author) Eric Walters

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 1998
Category
Military & Wars, Prejudice & Racism, Friendship
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781551430997
    Publish Date
    Jan 1998
    List Price
    $12.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554695560
    Publish Date
    Jan 1998
    List Price
    $16.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12

Description

During WWII, Jed’s English father serves as a fighter pilot overseas, while Jed and his mother move back to her Tsimshian community on Canada's west coast. When the military sets up a naval base in town, Jed is hired to help out, honored it seems, for both his father's bravery and his own native skills as a hunter. Presented with a military jacket, Jed finds an allegiance to his country and a pride in his mixed heritage that he's never felt before.
But one day Jed's world is shattered. His best friend Tadashi, along with the other members of the nearby Japanese village, are declared enemy aliens and told to prepare to leave their homes. Now Jed must ask himself where his allegiance really belongs…to his country's rigid code, or to the truth that is buried in his Tsimshian soul.
War of the Eagles is the first of two books in a series.
Book two is Caged Eagles.

About the author

Eric Walters is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling novels for children and young adults. His novels have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch, Blue Heron, Red Maple, Snow Willow, Ruth Schwartz, and Tiny Torgi, and have received honours from the Canadian Library Association Book Awards and UNESCO's international award for Literature in Service of Tolerance.

Eric lives in Mississauga with his wife, Anita, and three children, Christina, Nicholas, and Julia. When not writing or touring across the country speaking to school groups, Eric spends time playing or watching soccer and basketball, or playing the saxophone.

To find out more about Eric and his novels, or to arrange for him to speak at your school, visit his website at www.ericwalters.net.

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Awards

  • Long-listed, SYRCA Snow Willow nominee
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar nominee
  • Commended, New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age
  • Winner, Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Short-listed, Red Maple nominee
  • Short-listed, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction nominee
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Commended, CLA Honour Book
  • Short-listed, IODE Book Award - National Chapter nominee
  • Commended, ABA Pick of the List

Librarian Reviews

War of the Eagles

This novel, set in Prince Rupert, BC during the time of World War II, explores the feelings of fourteen-year-old Jed Blackburn as he struggles to understand his Aboriginal heritage and accept his country’s treatment of Japanese-Canadians following the bombing of Pearl Harbour. When Jed’s father goes to England to serve as a fighter pilot, Jed returns with his mother to her Haida village and they both become employed at a newly set up naval base. Through Jed’s interactions with Aboriginal people, the Japanese community, military personnel and an injured eagle, the author brings readers face to face with matters relating to racism, respect for various cultures, the value of human dignity and the challenges of self-discovery.

Other works by Eric Walters include Stand Your Ground, Stars, and Trapped in Ice. He has won the Silver Birch and Blue Heron Awards. This title won the Ruth Schwartz Award.

Caution: Racist references reflect the historical time period.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2007-2008.

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