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Young Adult Fiction Military & Wars

War of the Eagles

by (author) Eric Walters

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 1998
Military & Wars, Friendship, Prejudice & Racism
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


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

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Eric Walters' profile page


  • Nominated, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards - Snow Willow
  • Nominated, Young Readers' Choice Book Awards of British Columbia (YRCABC) Red Cedar Book Awards
  • Winner, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards - Children’s Picture Book
  • Commended, New York Public Library (NYPL) - Books for the Teen Age
  • Commended, Canadian Library Association (CLA) Book of the Year for Children - Honour Book
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) Our Choice
  • Nominated, Forest of Reading Red Maple Award
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (RMBA)
  • Short-listed, The National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award
  • Commended, American Booksellers Association (ABA) Pick List
  • Short-listed, Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

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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