Rain of Fire
Twelve year old Steve, Becca, and the twins spent most of the summer of 1946 digging a foxhole in the woods near their small Illinois town. A new boy from Chicago challenges their way of playing war as well as their assumption that Steve's older brother, Matthew, struggling in the aftermath of his service in World War II, is a war hero. A taut, attention-riveting story moves inexorably and logically from one suspenseful incident to the next. Strong characterizations, superb dialogue and authentic details of time and place mark this provocative novel. The author once taught English in Waukesha. ©1983 Cooperative Children's Book Center
Marion Dane Bauer was born and raised in Oglesby, Illinois. She was a high school teacher in Waukesha from 1962 to 1964, living in Delafield and Waukesha. She currently lives in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
CCBC Age Recommendation: Ages 9-12
Age Range: Grades 3-5 (Ages 8-10) Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-13)
Subjects: 20th Century Historical Fiction Imagination/Imaginary Play Mental Health and Illness Truth and Lies World War II
Publish Year: 1983
CCBC Location: Fiction, Bauer