I Had Seen Castles

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Harcourt, Oct 1, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 97 pages
28 Reviews
John Dante is seventeen when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, and he wants to fight for his country. Then he falls in love with Ginny Burton, who is against all war, and his beliefs are suddenly and unexpectedly questioned. But rather than be judged a traitor or a coward, he enlists. "Rylant's story is heartbreaking in its honesty; her controlled, elegant prose lends poignancy to the story's emotional depth. A love story, a coming-of-age tale, a book with a passionate anti-war message, I Had Seen Castles is not to be missed."--Publishers Weekly

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User Review  - Ida - Goodreads

A boy, a girl, a steel town, a war. This slim YA novella contains more ponderables than you'd expect from the page count. The writing is exquisite - descriptions of pre-World War II Pittsburg make you ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carissa - Goodreads

I read this book for the first time about 13 years ago. It holds up quite well. It moved me just as much as the first time I read it. There are a lot of novels written that take place during the ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

CYNTHIA RYLANTis the acclaimed author of more than eighty books for young people, and her novelMissing Mayreceived the Newbery Medal. She lives in Portland, Oregon.