Warriors in the Crossfire

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On the tiny south Pacific island of Saipan, Joseph and Kento practice to become warriors like their ancestors. But in the final months of World War II, their paradise island becomes the stage for one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific War. Now Joseph and Kento's loyalties are tested, and they are forced to discover what it means to become true warriors. Warriors in the Crossfire is based on historical facts and includes a real life account of what happened at Saipan's Suicide Cliff. It provides a historical perspective on American involvement in the Pacific front during WWII, an aspect of American history seldom represented in children’s literature. The novel addresses important themes regarding survival of heart and spirit when family and culture are under attack. Warriors in the Crossfire is created through narrative but also includes verse and kanji, Japanese elements of writing.

*Winner, Colorado Book Awards, Colorado Humanities Center, YALSA; Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street College of Education; Notable Books for a Global Society, International Reading Association; Honor Book Award, Society of School Librarians International



GENRE: Adventure, Historical Fiction, World War II, Young Adult

BINDING: Paperback - 144 pages

PUBLISHER: Boyds Mills Press, Honesdale, PA


ISBN: 978-1-62091-026-9

DIMENSIONS (W x H x D): 5.8" x 8.5" x 0.5"

WEIGHT: 4.8 oz.



Nancy Bo Flood is an author and research psychologist, teacher, counselor and parent. Her work and research focus on children and young adults. She has lived and taught all over the world, including in Malawi, Africa, Hawaii, Japan, the western Pacific, and, most recently, the Navajo Nation. Flood has written several books including Navajo Year, Walk Through Many Seasons (Arizona Book of the Year) and Warriors in the Crossfire (Colorado Book of the Year). Other recent titles include No-Name Baby (Top 100 Books of the Year, Bank Street) and a Junior Library Guild Selection, Cowboy Up, Ride the Navajo Rodeo. She is particularly interested in legends and folklore and understanding the magic and mystery of other people's and generation's beliefs.



"Intense and powerful reading that avoids bleakness by celebrating family, culture and a longing for peace."
- Booklist, starred review

"Compelling relationships form the heart of the story...A useful endnote separates fact from fiction. A unique and important solution to World War II fiction."
- School Library Journal