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*War Games* by Audrey Couloumbis and Akila Couloumbis- young adult book review  
War Games
by Audrey Couloumbis and Akila Couloumbis
Grades 5-8 240 pages Random House October 2009 Hardcover    

Twelve-year-old Petros is aware of the war, but it seems unreal to him and his friends - until the German occupation moves into their little Greek town and Petrosís family is forced to host the Commandant.

As the family moves to hide their American ties for fear of retribution, Petros soon realizes that this is not a game of spies but a real life-or-death situation. His older cousin, Lambros, a hero of the resistance, is hiding on the property and wanted by the Germans. Can they sneak Lambros to safety with the enemy living so close among them?

War Games is based on the true-life adventures of co-author Akila Couloumbis and his family during World War II. Although historically accurate, the details of day-to-day living tend to bog the story down until well past the halfway point. Not until the German Commandantís arrival does the story begin to pick up in intensity and speed toward the climax. The ending is as poignant as it is symbolic and leaves the reader satisfied.

Author Audrey Couloumbis has written many acclaimed books for children, including The Misadventures of Maude March. After listening to her husbandís boyhood stories of the occupation and with a little encouragement from friends, the couple embarked upon a quest to relay Akilaís memories into one historical tome. War Games is the fantastic result and Akilaís first foray into the publishing world. It is a boyhood journey not forgotten but shared.
 
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