November 11, 2013

When your parent is a soldier

Off to War: Voices of Soldiers' Children
by Deborah Ellis

For Off to War, Deborah Ellis interviewed children of American and Canadian soldiers. They reveal what life is like when their parents are called away to fight. 

Each chapter begins with a brief summary of some of the issues that military families face – frequent moves, lack of communication, mental health problems. These introductions offer valuable insight and serve as a starting point for the voices that follow. Intelligent, confused, funny, loyal, angry or fearful, the children accept their parents’ job choices and their country’s choices, but are frustrated at the misunderstandings other people have about them. Above all, they just want to be a kid. 

Ellis' book serves as a good reminder that war touches many lives.

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