I swear by the sacred Lover's Tree....


Eternal friendship and everlasting loyalty...


All for one, and one for all.

And One for All

Available in paperback: Yearling Books (Now a division of Random House)
Hard cover: Orchard Books (Now a division of Scholastic Inc.)
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American Library Association:
Best Book for Young Adults

American Library Association:
Notable Children's Book

School Library Journal: Best Books of the Year

Booklist: Editor's Choice

American Bookseller: Pick of the Lists

The Library of Congress/​
Children's Literature Center:
Books for Children

The Horn Book: Fanfare

National Council on Social Studies/​Children's Book Council: A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

International Reading Association: Teacher's Choice

The New York Public Library:
100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

The New York Public Library:
Books for the Teen Age

A Selection of the Junior Library Guild
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"The murky, emotion-riddled issues of the conflict in Vietnam in the mid-sixties come into a sharply personal focus as Nelson draws readers into 12-year-old Geraldine's compelling story of her older brother, Wing, and his best friend, Sam. Strength of characterization sets up what will become an impassioned, irretrievable breakdown between the two families. Geraldine's dad is a World War II marine veteran and fiercely patriotic; 17-year-old Wing has a volatile spirit, and only Sam can cool him down. But Sam, whose father was killed in Korea, has antiwar sentiments to the core, and when Wing enlists in the marines, Geraldine anguishes over the rift between the young men....The story evokes a kinship with both families; there is poignant realism in the events, and the author's evenhanded approach engenders compassion. A novel heartening in its integrity and wrenching in its effect."
--Starred review, Booklist

"[A] powerful novel."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Touches the heart of every reader, portraying the angst of adolescence truthfully and skillfully."
--Chicago Sun Times

"The value of this perceptive book is that it shows clearly that war is never...simple, nor for that matter is the love shared by friends."
--Starred review, The Horn Book

"Beautifully told...this compelling book deals with loss, reconciliation and the ever-present question of the morality of war."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Evokes the tension and divisiveness of the homefront....This novel is a well-crafted story of friendship and family relationships and an accurate emotional barometer of the times."
--Starred review, School Library Journal

"A powerful and heartbreaking novel."
--American Bookseller

"A moving, beautifully crafted story."
--Starred review, Kirkus Reviews

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