Price of Duty, by Todd Strasser

Jake Liddell is a war hero.

The military is considering awarding him a Silver Star, a huge honor for any soldier -- especially for the son of a military family. 


Only Jake's questioning everything his family brought him up to believe.


Now at home, recovering from his physical wounds, the memories of what he experienced "over there" haunt him. Meanwhile, he feels pressure from all sides. Some people want him to speak out against the military system he was brought up to honor and respect. Others, like his famous grandfather (a general himself), are urging him to return to the battlefield to fight again.

Jake was raised to believe that fighting for one's country was a moral obligation. But now that he's seen firsthand the human cost of war, he is no longer sure.


"Taut, compact, and suspenseful, the novel raises important questions about war." - Kirkus  Reviews.

"Strasser turns in another smoothly written, powerful novel as he engages a topic that is especially timely. The discussion this thought-provoking book will surely engender is both welcome and imperative." - Booklist* (starred review).

"Rather than attempting to sway the reader, it offers awareness. This title could generate a great deal of discussion as a class-wide read and is highly recommended for reluctant readers." – VOYA  


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