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Grades 7 - 12Grades 3 - 6n/a5.142027
Unending war leads to the discovery of uneasy truths when two teens question the status quo in this riveting thriller.

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 she 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 and is 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 will change the world. Is Tessa strong enough to bring it into the light?
Paperback, 224 pages
Published on November 13, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1416995277
ISBN-13: 9781416995272
3 Book Reviews
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  • tarynw
    tarynwTuesday, June 14, 2016 at 11:21 am33 stars
    It's good, but not the BEST book Margret has ever written. I think the best would be Under Their Skin of Shadow Children. But still, it's REALLY GOOD. Haddix is one of the best authors EVER.
    • jmendoza
      jmendozaTuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:07 am
      The Always War is about a place where there has been a war forever or always? The main character is Tessa and Gideon. But to be honest I didn't think the ending of the book was amazing it was ok?
      • banderson
        bandersonTuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:07 am22 stars
        I think this book was an OK, but I wouldn't read it again like I would read another book.