Young Adult Historical Novel
Warriors in the Crossfire looks at one boy’s experience of impending war – war fought by two nations, Japan and the U.S. – on the Pacific island of Saipan. The island’s families are caught in the crossfire of invasion. In order to survive, Joseph, the main character, must find a new understanding of being a warrior.
This novel provides a historical perspective on American involvement in the Pacific front during WWII, an aspect of American history seldom represented in children’s literature.
Warriors addresses important themes regarding survival of heart and spirit when family and culture are under attack. The novel is created through narrative but also includes verse and kanji, Japanese elements of writing.
Quote by Ellen Levine, award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction books for children, including: Catch a Tiger By the Toe, a Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth, and Henry’s Freedom Box, a Caldecott honor book:
“Nancy Bo Flood reveals for us a world rarely spotlighted – the “other side” of the story of the World War II battle for Saipan. She tells a riveting tale, never skirting tough issues of mixed loyalties, if and when to ignore authority, and family ties that bind or don’t. This is history that is gripping, enlightening and engaging.”
Quote by author Janet Fox, when asked what books she is an evangelist for:
“…Nancy Bo Flood’s Warriors in the Crossfire – the cover does not express what is going on inside that magnificent little book.”
New review from youngest reader: 6-year old Liam Weil met with me in Hawaii to say:
“I read all of Warriors in the Crossfire and the best part was when the family was safe in the caves. Some parts were scary.”