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The fighting ground
Avi, 1937-
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Publication Information:
[New York, NY] : HarperCollins Publishers, [1984]

Physical Description:
157 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.
Reading Level:
580 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.2 4.0 566.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.4 5 Quiz: 03889 Guided reading level: V.


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Scott O'Dell Award for Best Historical Fiction * ALA Notable Book * ALA Best Books for YA

Newbery Medal-winning author Avi tells the "compelling story of a young boy's first encounter with war and how it changes him."--Publishers Weekly

Jonathan may be only thirteen years old, but with the Revolutionary War unfolding around him, he's more certain than ever that he wants to be a part of it--to fight for independence alongside his brother and cousin to defeat the British. But Jonathan's father, himself wounded from battle, refuses to let his son join the front lines.

When Jonathan hears the tavern bell toll, calling all soldiers to arms, he rushes to enlist without telling his dad. Gun in hand, Jonathan falls in with a militia and marches onward to the fighting ground. It feels like he's been waiting his whole life for this moment.

But no amount of daydreaming could prepare Jonathan for what he encounters. In just twenty-four hours, his life will be forever changed--by his fellow soldiers, unsuspecting enemies, and the frightening and complicated realities of war.

More than thirty years after its publication, award-winner The Fighting Ground continues to be an important work of historical fiction for young readers.

Author Notes

Avi was born in 1937, in the city of New York and raised in Brooklyn. He began his writing career as a playwright, and didn't start writing childrens books until he had kids of his own.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-7. Jonathan, 13, thinks only of the glories of war when he joins a local band of colonists. Digital-time chapter headings move through the 24 hours in which Jonathan is involved in a skirmish, captured by three Hessians, escapes, and returns home a changed person.

Publisher's Weekly Review

A 13-year-old boy's dream of fighting in the American Revolution becomes a reality in this exciting adventure tale, winner of the 1984 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Ages 9-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved