Beautiful Blue World

Beautiful Blue World

Book - 2017/09
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Beautiful Blue World is a thrilling and moving story of children who become the key to winning a war.

Sofarende is at war. For twelve-year-old Mathilde, it means food shortages, feuding neighbors, and bombings. Even so, as long as she and her best friend, Megs, are together, they'll be all right.

But the army is recruiting children, and paying families well for their service. If Megs takes the test, Mathilde knows she will pass. Megs hopes the army is the way to save her family. Mathilde fears it might separate them forever.

This touching and suspenseful novel is a brilliant reimagining of war, where even kindness can be a weapon, and children have the power to see what adults cannot.


Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Outstanding Merit
ILA-CBC Choices Reading Lists, Teacher's Choice
Junior Library Guild Selection
Selected for the Kansas NEA Reading Circle Catalog
Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List
Mark Twain Readers Award nominee (grades 4-6) Missouri
Publisher: Dell Publishing 2017/09
ISBN: 9780307980328
0307980324
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER

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beaholmes
Oct 13, 2017

A good choice for a teacher's read-aloud in class when discussing war. The government of Sofarende is at war and chooses to recruit children to help in the war effort, paying their families for their service. What will their jobs entail? The narrator, Mathilde, meets a captured enemy soldier and learns his side of the story. Moving and suspenseful

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booknrrd
Sep 25, 2017

A 2018-2019 Missouri Mark Twain Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 4-6).

I listened/read this one yesterday. In Beautiful Blue World Mathilde and Megs' country is under attack. When older children are offered an opportunity to take a test to enter military service (not active duty but something else), both girls take it, but only one is offered a spot.

Not your traditional war novel, but something quieter but just as insistent about the horrors of war for everyone involved. It was quite obviously written as a first in the series and doesn't feel complete on its own.

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Delia95
Jan 29, 2017

A terrific fictional story about the heartache, fears and the tragic results of war on families and communities. It is told in a respectful but thought-provoking manner, not worry young readers or the young at heart. A good family book for parents and children to read together and discuss the storyline.

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joywolf83
Dec 30, 2016

An achingly beautiful depiction of an anonymous war. Mathilde lives in country torn apart by war. One day they are notified that children can take a test to serve as soldiers. She is one of the ones selected and has no idea why. She comes to realize that with war there are always shades of color and not everything is black/white. This book is so well written, thought proking and a great way of building empathy. I would highly recommend!!!

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Dec 12, 2016

This is very a timely read, one about warring countries and what that means for people on both sides. I easily fell in love with the smart and caring protagonist, Mathilde, wanting the best for her and her family while also wanting a better life for her supposed enemy- a POW named Rainer. And I have no doubt that Mathilde would hope for that very reaction. At one point she says, "This was the world I was building. Where people didn't think only of the people they loved, but of the others, too." Middle grade teachers should snatch this up for classroom use. It approaches a heavy topic in a super accessible way and is absolutely ripe for discussion.

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marthabwaters
Sep 15, 2016

It's interesting reading this book the same year I read Sara Pennypacker's Pax -- both are about kids in wartime, but they are very different (and both very good!) books. I really, really, really liked this one -- it felt important and meaningful and heartfelt without feeling too heavy for a kid to handle, and it was full of quiet wisdom about the value of every human life. Aside from that, it is also highly readable (I found it hard to put down), and ends on a cliffhanger that has me really looking forward to a sequel.

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