Title: This Means War
Author: Ellen Wittlinger
Juliet feels she has lost her best friend, Lowell, when he decides it is not “cool” to be friends with a girl. Juliet also feels her world has been turned upside down because of the threat of a war. With Juliet left feeling lonely and not knowing what to do this summer, she meets Patsy, the new girl in town. Patsy’s family is one of many families who has moved to be close to the Lathrop air base. Patsy is a fiesty, young girl who wants nothing but for everyone to like her; she strives to impress all. Patsy and Juliet meet up with Lowell and friends and come up with an idea to compete – boys vs girls – in various challenges. When their challenges go one step too far and put themselves in danger, the children learn that there is more to friendship than just being a boy or girl.