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This Means War

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Gentle look into gender roles; age-appropriate for tweens.

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This book discusses some tough gender issues, introducing them to readers in a way that will make sense to them. Juliet is a sensitive but strong character, and readers will understand both how mad she is at Lowell, and how much she misses her old friend. Setting the book during the Cuban Missile Crisis was a stroke of genius; the impending war makes a powerful parallel to the more personal war that Juliet and Patsy are fighting against the neighborhood boys. Also, putting the book in the past also lets tweens talk about how much has changed when it comes to gender politics (and what hasn't).

Book Details

  • Author: Ellen Wittlinger
  • Genre: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: April 20, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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