Annotations for This Means War!


Baker & Taylor
Her trepidation about 1960s world events worsened by Lowell's preference for spending time with the guys, Juliet befriends daring newcomer Patsy, who starts a risky competition pitting boys against girls. By the Lambda Literary-winning author of Hard Love. 15,000 first printing.

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Baker & Taylor
In 1962, when her friend Lowell begins to hang around new friends who think girls are losers, Juliet, a fearful fifth-grader, teams up with bold, brave Patsy, who challenges the boys to a series of increasingly dangerous contests.

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Simon and Schuster
October 1962. Juliet Klostermeyer's world is turning upside down. All she hears from her parents and teachers and on the news is the Russian threat and the Cuban Missile Crisis. And things aren't much better at home. Her best friend, Lowell, doesn't seem interested in being her friend anymore--he'd rather hang out with the new boys instead. When Patsy moves in, things are looking up. Patsy is fearless, and she challenges the neighborhood boys to see who's better, stronger faster: a war between the boys and the girls. All the talk of war makes Juliet uneasy. As the challenges become more and more dangerous, Juliet has to decide what she stands for--and what's worth fighting for.

This is a powerful middle-grade coming of age novel from teen powerhouse Ellen Wittlinger.

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