The War Outside

Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
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Publisher's Summary

New from Monica Hesse, the New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of Girl in the Blue Coat - an "[I]mportant" (New York Times Book Review), "[E]xtraordinary" (Booklist, starred review) novel of conviction, friendship, and betrayal.

"A must-read for fans of historical fiction." (Ruta Sepetys, number one New York Times best-selling author)

It's 1944, and World War II is raging across Europe and the Pacific. The war seemed far away from Margot in Iowa and Haruko in Colorado - until they were uprooted to dusty Texas, all because of the places their parents once called home: Germany and Japan.

Haruko and Margot meet at the high school in Crystal City, a "family internment camp" for those accused of colluding with the enemy. The teens discover that they are polar opposites in so many ways, except for one that seems to override all the others: the camp is changing them, day by day and piece by piece. Haruko finds herself consumed by fear for her soldier brother and distrust of her father, who she knows is keeping something from her. And Margot is doing everything she can to keep her family whole as her mother's health deteriorates and her rational, patriotic father becomes a man who distrusts America and fraternizes with Nazis.

With everything around them falling apart, Margot and Haruko find solace in their growing, secret friendship. But in a prison the government has deemed full of spies, can they trust anyone - even each other? 

Don't miss Monica Hesse's latest historical-fiction masterwork, They Went Left.

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©2018 Monica Hesse (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"[An] intelligent and humane historical mystery." (The Wall Street Journal)

"Rich in content and emotion, this is a first-rate companion to the historical tales of the onderduikers, the hidden Jews of Holland, and a compelling read." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Taut and intelligent... the historical setting is rendered the way only an expert can do it." (The Washington Post)

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the ending made it worth it

During the story I couldn't quite say I really liked the book and I couldn't put my finger on why. But the ending tied everything up in an unexpected way so that I really did like the story!