The War Outside

The War Outside

A novel of conviction, friendship, and betrayal.

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?

Title:The War Outside
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780316316699
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About Monica Hesse

Monica Hesse is the national bestselling author of the true crime love story American Fire, and the historical mystery novel Girl in the Blue Coat, which has been translated into a dozen languages and won the 2017 Edgar award in the Young Adult category. She is a feature writer for the Washington Post, where she has been a winner of the Society for Feature Journalism's Narrative Storytelling award


    The War Outside Reviews

  • Jessica

    I received an ARC of this book for free from TheNovl in exchange for an honest review. Since I received an ARC, my quotes from the book are tentative. Last month I read a different YA novel about Germ...

  • Terrie's Just Another Book B*tch

    Just Another Book Bitch's ALWAYS SPOILER FREE REVIEW First things first... I believe this is a book everyone should read and absorb. I think it should be on every school reading list. While it is fi...

  • madeline h. ? (semi hiatus)

    i've decided to change my rating for this to a solid 3 stars. the more i think about this book, the more i realize how mediocre it was for me?? it didn't stick in my mind afterwards, and i don't feel ...

  • Jane

    I loved the premise, and parts of this novel felt all too relevant to our current politician climate (you know, since we’re once again holding families and children in camps in the US, which is...fu...

  • Kath (Read Forevermore)

    An arc of this book was sent to me by The NOVL/Little Brown Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Rating: 4.5/5The War Outside is a heartbreaking histori...

  • Emmi Rose  (emmirosereads)

    Thank you to TheNovl for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for a review"I don't want you to ever forget where you are. You are a prisoner here. I don't care if you have a new friend, or if there...

  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh

    It's August 1944 when Haruko Tanaka, 17, her sister Toshiko, 12, and her mother have just arrived at the Crystal City Internment Camp, in Texas to join their father. They haven't seen Ichiro Tanaka, i...

  • Mandy

    Monica Hesse is truly a name to look for in YA historical fiction. She has definitely found a way to immerse the reader into another era with captivating and mysterious characters and circumstances. I...

  • Librariann

    Ages 11+All of a sudden I am on a huge historical fiction kick, especially World War II historical fiction. I know, so out of character. So when I saw this ARC up on Edelweiss, I thought I'd give it a...

  • Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from TheNovl! Thanks! All opinions are my own.Rating: 5/5Genre: YA Historical FictionRecommended Age: 14+ (violence, bombs, war, prejudice, Nazism, and conseq...