That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone: An Anthology of Essays from Around the Globe (Paperback)

By J. L. Powers (Editor)
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Coming of age during a time of war: fighting, dying, surviving. First-person accounts from around the world.

About the Author

J.L. Powers is the award-winning author of several novels for young adults, including The Confessional, This Thing Called the Future, and Amina. She is also the editor of two collections of essays, Labor Pains and Birth Stories and That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone. She teaches English at Skyline College in California's Bay Area. She can be visited online at

Praise For…

"Uplifting tales of survival War’s most vulnerable victims have their say." Kirkus Reviews

"[R]eaders will be rewarded by [this] compelling and often uplifting anthology That Mad Game surprises with its variety. From Taliban-controlled Kabul to a Japanese internment camp in northern California, from a teen girl’s 'soundtrack of war' in Beirut to a young man’s long walk across much of Africa, the startling stories make for rough going at times. But the humor, beauty, and humanity shining through the darkness are what make this collection a must-have for all libraries serving high school students." School Library Journal

"There is heartache in the stories J.L. Powers has assembled here, as well as loss and pain and death. They are about war, after all. But there is humor too, and also love and faith and hope, because they are human stories too, and as each one testifies in its own way, humans are able to heal." Charles London, author of One Day The Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War

"I was sent to the war in Afghanistan with a lot of slogans in my head about freedom and fighting terrorism. What I found instead was a tremendous respect for the good Afghan people, a deep sympathy for the Afghan children struggling for better lives, and a profound hatred of the Taliban for the way they brutalized their own people. That Mad Game is a reminder that such hatred is the same mistake from which all the world’s wars are born. The fact that That Mad Game can steer my hard heart toward sympathy for a young Talib is a sure sign of this book’s tremendous potential to foster a spirit of peace and understanding in readers everywhere." Trent Reedy, author of Words in the Dust and Stealing Air

Product Details
ISBN: 9781935955221
ISBN-10: 1935955225
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Publication Date: September 11th, 2012
Pages: 300
Language: English