War Games
War Games (Junior Library Guild Selection (Random House))
War Games
Akila Couloumbis, Audrey Couloumbis
Based on a true story of World War II.For 12-year-old Petros, World War II feels unreal and far away. What’s real is working in his papa’s garden. Playing marbles with his friends. Fighting with his older brother, Zola. Zola, who must always be first. Who must always be best. But when the Germans invade Greece, the war suddenly comes impossibly close. Overnight, neighbors become enemies. People begin to keep secrets (Petros’s family most of all). And for the first time, Petros has the chance to show Zola that he’s not just a little brother but that he can truly be counted on. Soon what were once just boys’ games become matters of life and death as Petros and Zola each wonder if, like their resistance fighter cousin, they too can make a difference.

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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The small, Greek town of Amphissa was fearful. To the kids in the town, the war was a game. To the adults, it was inevitable. The adults just didn't know when they would get there. To Petros and his older brother, Zola, the war sounded exciting. They heard the stories of their cousin, Lambros, who climbed the tallest mountain in Greece and defeated the Germans. The stories always ended the same way; the Germans are coming to Amphissa. Most people in the town left out of fear, but Petros and Zola's family hid all their belongings that may be dangerous.

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