Like most twelve-year old boys, George Parnell Callahan wants to become a strong, brave man. He's ready to fight on the front lines of the Great War, but instead he's stuck on the home front with nothing more exciting to do than look out for his younger sisters and elderly neighbor, Mrs. Schmitt. George does his bit for the war effort. He buys Liberty stamps, sits through 4-Minute Man speeches, chokes down his ma’s unappetizing wartime meals, and is on the lookout for spies.
With no sign of victory in Europe, things are getting more and more tense at home, especially after George's older brother makes a startling announcement.
Set in 1918 Kansas City, this family drama brings you to the heart of America in World War I. Issue-driven and entertaining, it's a coming-of-age story that will resonate with readers today.
About Anola Pickett (Kansas City, Missouri & Kansas Author)
Anola Pickett is a Kansas City native and loves life in the Heartland. the oldest of six children, she grew up in a family that emphasized the importance of reading and education. She began writing stories in the third grade and went on to become a teacher. Now retired from the classroom, she devotes a big part of her day to writing and research for historical novels for young readers. She especially prizes the stories her parents and grandmother told about their growing-up years in Kansas City.
Anola enjoys school and library visits to talk about her books and about the craft of writing. She and her husband, Peter Doyle, love to travel, especially to Hong Kong to visit their son and daughter-in-law and their beautiful red-haired granddaughter.