Product Details
List Price:
11 to 14
6 to 9
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.25"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-62091-026-9
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On the tiny South Pacific island of Saipan, thirteen-year-old Joseph and his half-Japanese cousin Kento practice to become warriors like their ancestors. But in the final months of World War II, their paradise island becomes the stage for one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific war between America and Japan. Joseph and Kento’s loyalties are tested and they discover, within themselves, what it means to become true warriors. “Intense and powerful reading that avoids bleakness by celebrating family, culture, and a longing for peace.” —Booklist, starred review Best Fiction for Young Adults —YALSABooklist Editors’ Choice, Books for YouthTop Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers —Voice of Youth AdvocatesNotable Books for a Global Society —International Reading Association


"This brief and powerful story will help to keep alive the memory of indigenous families caught in the crossfire between the Japanese and American armies. . . . This volume stand[s] out. (historical note, further reading)" Kirkus Reviews

* "Intense and powerful reading that avoids bleakness by celebrating family, culture, and a longing for peace." Booklist, starred review

"Because this is a topic not often covered in young adult literature, this will be an excellent addition to historical fiction collections." Library Media Connection

"Joseph is an engaging and three-dimensional character. . . . A useful endnote separates fact from fiction. A unique and important addition to World War II fiction." School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Nancy Bo Flood

Nancy Bo Flood is a counselor, teacher, and parent. She has conducted workshops on child abuse, learning disabilities, play therapy, and creative writing. Ms. Flood has lived in Malawi, Hawaii, Japan, and Saipan, where Warriors takes place. She lives on the Navajo Nation Reservation, near Flagstaff, Arizona.

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