Authors: Margaret Peterson Haddix
essa’s body reacted as quickly as her mind. Before she was even conscious of moving, she was already on her feet and running toward Gideon. Her legs tangled in the blanket, but she kept going, diving for Gideon. She knocked him sideways onto the floor of the plane, so if any of the enemy were already trying to shoot him, the bullets would just whiz harmlessly past. But this wasn’t enough. It wasn’t enough to tackle him, to hold him down, the mud from her ragged clothes rubbing off on his spotless white uniform. Guns could be reloaded, re-aimed, fired again and again and again.
Tessa rose up and slammed her hand against the control on the wall.
The Always War
FOR AS LONG AS TESSA CAN REMEMBER,
her country has been at war. When local golden boy Gideon Thrall is awarded a medal for courage, it’s a rare bright spot for everyone in Tessa’s town—until Gideon refuses the award, claims he was a coward, and runs away. Tessa is bewildered, and can’t help but follow Gideon to find out the truth. But Tessa is in for more than she bargained for. Before she knows it, she has stowed away on a rogue airplane headed for enemy territory. But all that pales when she discovers a shocking truth that rocks the foundation of everything she’s ever believed—a truth that could change the world. Is Tessa brave enough to bring it into the light?
New York Times
bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix writes a thrilling novel about an all-too-recognizable future.
is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed books for children and teens, including
Claim to Fame, Palace of Mirrors, Uprising
, The Missing series, and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), Margaret Peterson Haddix worked for several years as a reporter for the
. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her husband and two children in Columbus, Ohio.
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Haddix, Margaret Peterson.
The always war / Margaret Peterson Haddix.—1st ed.
Summary: In a war-torn future United States, fifteen-year-old Tessa, her childhood friend Gideon, now a traumatized military hero, and Dek, a streetwise orphan, enter enemy territory and discover the shocking truth about a war that began more than seventy-five years earlier.
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[1. War—Fiction. 2. Heroes—Fiction. 3. Computers—Fiction.
4. Post-traumatic stress disorder—Fiction. 5. Science fiction.] I. Title.
For Rich and Mark and Doug, in memory of
certain Iraq War debates