Product Details
List Price:
$16.95
Ages:
9 to 12
Grades:
3 to 7
Pages:
192
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.25"
Published:
10/2015
Imprint:
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-305-4
Illustrations:
Black-and-white comic strips
Lexile Level:
780L

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About the Book

Overview

Cory Woodford, aka “The Kid”, is determined to live up to his intimidating family legacy of bravery. While his father is off fighting in World War II, eleven-year-old Cory and his friends spend the summer building go-carts, drawing comics, playing baseball . . . and tracking down Nazi spies. Right and wrong are more complicated than in Cory’s beloved comics, and he and his friends soon learn that the world isn’t as black and white as they thought. In an age when friendships are deep and complex, Cory makes mistakes and hurtful decisions. Based on the author’s personal experience and research, Woodford Brave is a deeply satisfying novel of summer and friendship, but also explores what it means to be a son, a friend, a neighbor—and truly brave. Includes an author’s note and selected bibliography.,

Reviews

"Cory Woodford longs to be considered brave like his grandfather, a World War I hero, and his father, currently a solider fighting in Europe in 1943….(t)hrough a series of dares and life-changing news and revelations, Cory grows to learn what it means to be a hero, also coming to understand that people are not always as they appear. This is a strong coming-of-age story that contains important truths for today’s readers…. A solid work of historical fiction that’s perfect to spark discussion." —School Library Journal

"Jones…captures the absolutism with which Cory initially views the world… then deftly charts his journey to discovering that life has more shades of gray than he had realized. (n)ewcomer Whipple’s b&w comics sequences… help give readers a sense of the story’s wartime setting, though the questions Cory faces are just as relevant for readers today." —Publishers Weekly

"A(n)…appealing historical tale with relevance to current events…" —Kirkus Reviews

"(A) moving period piece that explores heroism and the ghosts we all live with." —Booklist

Meet the Illustrator

Kevin Whipple

Kevin Whipple: graduated from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and received a MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. kevinwhipple.com.

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