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Soldier Mom

Alice Mead

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Jasmyn Williams is shocked and angry when her mother, a member of the Army Reserve, is called up for service during the Persian Gulf War. While Jas comes to understand that her mother has to do her job, she wonders, should a mother have a job that might require abandoning her children?

“Jasmyn’s ready for her big seventh-grade season in basketball . . . when her home life bounces out of control . . . There’s an emotional impact here that will resound with other youngsters making sacrifices.” – The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Jasmyn Williams is shocked and angry when her mother, a member of the Army Reserve, is called up for service during the Persian Gulf War. While Jas comes to understand that her mother has to do her job, she wonders, should a mother have a job that might require abandoning her children?

“Jasmyn’s ready for her big seventh-grade season in basketball . . . when her home life bounces out of control . . . There’s an emotional impact here that will resound with other youngsters making sacrifices.” – The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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“Jas!”
“Yeah. Coming.”
“Jas! It’s a quarter to six.”
“Hold on, will ya? Jeez. Can’t you let me find my sneakers? It’s not like Coach is going to start without me or anything.”
I hop into the kitchen, trying to pull on a sneaker and then tie it standing up. My ten-month-old baby brother, Andrew, stands clinging to the seat of the kitchen chair. Every time I hop, he laughs.
Mom bends over and rubs her nose on his. “What’s so funny? Huh? What’s so funny?”
Andrew laughs harder. He has a
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"Jasmyn is looking forward to captaining the seventh-grade basketball team when her mother is called up from the army reserves to go to Saudi Arabia for the opening phase of the 1990 Persian Gulf War...Basketball has to go on the back burner; just as bad, Mom's somewhat hapless boyfriend Jake has moved in to care for Jasmyn's baby brother." --The Horn Book

"[Mead] writes with...compassion and sensitivity." -Starred, Booklist
"Jasmyn is looking forward to captaining the seventh-grade basketball team when her mother is called up from the army reserves to go to Saudi Arabia for the opening phase of the 1990 Persian Gulf War...Basketball has to go on the back burner; just as bad, Mom's somewhat hapless boyfriend Jake has moved in to care for Jasmyn's baby brother." --The Horn Book

"[Mead] writes with...compassion and sensitivity." -Starred, Booklist

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Alice Mead

  • ALICE MEAD has written several books about children and war, including, most recently, Dawn and Dusk, an NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. She lives in Maine.
  • Alice Mead
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Soldier Mom

Alice Mead

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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