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Don't You Know There's a War On? [Library Binding]

Avi
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April 25 2008 1435263928 978-1435263925 Reprint

World War II is on everyone's mind and in every headline, and Howie Crispers has a hunch that his school principal is a spy. With a little snooping around, Howie finds out something even more alarming. Principal Lomister may not be a spy, but he is plotting to get rid of Howie's favorite teacher. Howie's dad is fighting Nazis overseas, and his mom is working hard to support the war effort, so Miss Gossim is the only person Howie can depend on. With the help of his friends, and a plan worthy of radio show superhero Captain Midnight, Howie intends to save Miss Gossim!

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Sixteen-year-old Howie Crispers narrates Avi's (The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle) poignant, funny coming-of-age tale set in Brooklyn during WWII. For the facts, readers can consult Stephen E. Ambrose's excellent volume (reviewed below), but for a flavor of everyday life on the homefront, they will appreciate Howie's recollections of his experiences as a fifth grader during one pivotal week in March 1943. The hero juggles everything from failing math grades and air raid blackouts to a crush on his teacher and worries about his merchant marine father, criss-crossing the North Atlantic. Howie also suspects his principal of being a Nazi spy, and follows him into a brownstone one morning where he overhears plans to fire his beloved teacher, Miss Rolanda Gossim (he thinks of her at night when fear overtakes him: "She was my emergency brake, my life raft, my parachute, my own private rescue squad"). How he "saves" Miss Gossim makes for a smashing story enlivened by the added emotional texture of a boy dealing with wartime realities (particularly the death of his "bestest" friend Denny's father) and romance (Miss Gossim is actually married to a missing airman and pregnant). Howie's voice, firmly rooted in Brooklyn ("You'd feel worse than a Giants fan in Ebbets Field," he says of disappointing Miss Gossim), takes on the inflections and slang of the era. The novel ends on an upbeat note, with 16-year-old Howie celebrating the end of the war and still carrying a torch for Miss Gossim. Ages 8-12.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 4-6-Howard Bellington Crispers looks back from his 16-year-old perspective to 1943 when he grappled with issues of friendship, fear, love, and loss. At age 11, Howie and his friend Denny share a crush on their teacher and they suspect their principal is a Nazi spy. However, in a sleuthing expedition, Howie learns that the principal's real perfidy hits closer to home-he is urging the firing of Miss Gossim. Howie visits his teacher and she tells him the reason for her pending dismissal-she is secretly married to an army pilot and is pregnant. Taking up her cause and disregarding his promise to keep her secret, Howie circulates a petition to stop the firing, embarrassing the young woman but securing her a reprieve until the end of the school year. Avi packs the story with authentic details of World War II in Brooklyn, NY, augmented by newspaper headlines. He peppers it with funny scenes, lots of slang dialogue between the boys, and a keen sensitivity to the adolescent psyche. Layered into the plot is the drama of the boys' absent fathers. Howie's returns but Denny's is killed, and the bittersweet ending reflects the protagonist's regret over losing Denny's friendship when his own family moves to Long Island. Though lacking in originality, this quick-moving, easily read story will be enjoyed by many readers. A more serious, complex, and in-depth treatment of a similar theme can be found in Janet Taylor Lisle's beautifully wrought The Art of Keeping Cool (Atheneum, 2000).
Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars boy in a war May 10 2004
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Format:Library Binding
this book is about a boy that is going to school and he has got a nice teacher and they think that she is going to get fired and they decide to do some investigating. there is also a war going on. this book book is a good book. I would recommend this book. this book takes place in a town and at a school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars boy and a war May 6 2004
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Format:Library Binding
this book is about a boy and a friend that are living in a town and they have a teacher that is really good and they think that she is going to get fired so they investigate. thye is also a war going on. the setting is in a town and at a school and with cloudy skies and smokey air.I liked this book because it was about a war. I would tell a friend that they need to read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars boy and a war May 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
this book is about a boy and a friend that are living in a town and they have a teacher that is really good and they think that she is going to get fired so they investigate. thye is also a war going on. the setting is in a town and at a school and with cloudy skies and smokey air.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Feb. 22 2004
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Format:Hardcover
This book is so fun to read. It realy brings you closer to the story an helps you feel what others went through during those tough times
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't You Know There's a War On? Nov. 28 2003
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Format:Paperback
For my book report I read the book "Don't You Know There's a War On?", by A.V.I. This novel was about two boys, Howie and Denny, and their lovely teacher Miss Rolanda. Howie is an adventerous boy who has a wild imagination.Denny, Howies best friend,has a father in the war, battleing the Nazi General Romel in North Africa.Miss Rolanda is their fith grade teacher at P.S. 8.Miss Rolanda comforts her students during the war, and helps them forget about their worries.But when Howie finds out his teacher will get fired, he will do anything to get her back.The setting of this book takes place in P.S. 8, and at Howies house.The time frame of this book takes place during 1943, Brooklyn, New York. The theme of this book is trustworthy, romance, and standing up for what you believe in.I liked this book and I am glad I read it. Tiffany Riley
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2.0 out of 5 stars I Frankie dont like this book Nov. 6 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Don't You Know There's a War On? is about a boy who lives in Brookyn during World War II.The boy's name is Howie Crispers and his best friend is Denny.In the story the boys make a plan to save their teacher, Mrs.Gossim, from being fired.She is going to be fired because she is going to have a baby and they don't want a teacher being pregnant in school. I would give this book two stars because it is a very slow book and it takes forever for something good to happen.If you like books that are about school you might want to read this book.There were some funny parts in the book,but it was just a boring book overall.In the beginning, they talk about the war then it jumps only to saving Mrs.Gossim.I will never read this book again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The War of Adventures Sept. 29 2003
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Format:Paperback
I loved the book Don't You Know There's a War On by Avi. Everything is going mad in Howie Crispers life. Howie lives in a place where everybody thinks Nazi spys are everywhere. Howie lives in Brooklyn, New York and thinks that his princpal, Dr. Lomister, is a Nazi spy. Later in the book he finds out that his teacher is being fired. Also trying to to keep track of were his dad is on the ocean and trying to keep away from Nazi U-Boats,World War II is hectic for Howie Crispers. If you like a real life adventure, then you should pick up this book and read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by it's cover!
I loved this book. The cover makes you not want to read it but inside there is a whole different story. In the time of World War 1 there are things like blackouts and dogtags. Read more
Published on June 3 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars This Book Made Me Uncomfortable
This book made me uncomfortable. I bought the book for my fifth grade classroom, and put my name on it before I read the book. I wish I hadn't because I can't now return it. Read more
Published on April 26 2003 by Bart Fong
3.0 out of 5 stars Howie Crispers; Good Person
Howard "Howie" Crispers is a sixteen year-old boy from Brooklyn. He tells the story of what happened to him over the course of a week in March of 1943. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2003 by Drew Smead
3.0 out of 5 stars Howie Crispers; Good Person
Howard "Howie" Crispers is a sixteen year-old boy from Brooklyn. He tells the story of what happened to him over the course of a week in March of 1943. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't you know there's a war on?
Avi's novel takes place in Brooklyn, New York during WWII. Sixteen year old Howie Crispers tells of his adventures as a fifth grader during one significant week of March 1943 . Read more
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