Rich Wallace, author of War and Watermelon, on tour June 2011

Posted By on April 14, 2011

About War and Watermelon

Reading level: 10 years and up

Hardcover: 192 pages

Publisher: Viking Juvenile; 1 edition (June 9, 2011)

It’s the summer of 1969. We’ve just landed on the moon, the Vietnam War is heating up, the Mets are beginning their famous World Series run, and Woodstock is rocking upstate New York. Down in New Jersey, twelve-year-old Brody is mostly concerned with the top ten hits on the radio and how much playing time he’ll get on the football team. But when he goes along for the ride to Woodstock with his older brother and sees the mass of humanity there, he starts to wake up to the world around him-a world that could take away the brother he loves.

“Wallace’s ear for locker-room banter and knowledge of fragile adolescent egos shine through in his vibrant characterizations of young contenders.” — Publishers Weekly

“One of the best sports novelists for teenagers.” — The Book Report.

About Rich Wallace

Rich Wallace is the author of many award-winning books for children and teenagers, including Wrestling Sturbridge, Sports Camp, Perpetual Check, and the “Kickers” and “Winning Season” series. He lives with his wife, novelist Sandra Neil Wallace, in Keene, NH.

A note from Rich:  “Bloggers might like to know that, like Brody in War & Watermelon, I was 12 years old in 1969 and living in suburban New Jersey, just becoming aware of the war and the music and the other world-changing events of that summer. I also had an older brother who was eligible for the draft, which caused considerable concern in our household and informed the events of this novel.”

Learn more about Rich and his books on his website,

Rich Wallace’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, June 7th:  Café of Dreams Book Review

Wednesday, June 8th:  Jenn’s Bookshelves

Monday, June 13th:  Savvy Verse and Wit

Tuesday, June 14th:  Well Read Wife

Wednesday, June 15th:  girlichef

Thursday, June 16th:  Shooting Stars Mag

Monday, June 20th:  Joyfully Retired

Tuesday, June 21st:  1330V

Wednesday, June 22nd:  A Real Librarian

Thursday, June 23rd:  There’s a Book

Friday, June 24th:  Diary of an Eccentric

Monday, June 27th:  The Broke and the Bookish (will also post on Tahleen Reads)

Wednesday, June 29th:  Knowing the Difference

Thursday, June 30th:  My Words Ate Me

Monday, July 25th:  Book Dads


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