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Soldier Mom

Soldier Mom

Alice Mead

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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A single parent is suddenly called to serve in the Persian Gulf War.

In early August 1990, eleven-year-old Jasmyn Williams is shocked when her mother, a member of the Army Reserve, is called to active service. Within thirty-six hours, she is gone. Jas and Andrew, her baby half brother, are left in the care of her mother's boyfriend, Jake, who has never been responsible for Andrew, much less Jas. At first Jas is filled with anger. Then, despite the sacrifices she must make, including precious basketball practice, Jas comes to understand that her mother has to do her job. Still, she wonders, should a mother have a job that might require abandoning her children? Alice Mead, always an advocate for children, takes a firm stand on their behalf even as she creates a heroine who could probably adjust to anything.

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Praise for Soldier Mom

“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, author of Adem's Cross, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Junebug, and Junebug and the Reverend, lives in Maine.

Alice Mead

Alice Mead

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