The Fighting Ground

The Fighting Ground

by Avi

Paperback(25th Anniversary Edition)

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Overview

Scott O’Dell Award for Best Historical Fiction * ALA Notable Book * ALA Best Books for YA

Newbery Medal-winning author Avi tells the “compelling story of a young boy’s first encounter with war and how it changes him.”—Publishers Weekly

Jonathan may be only thirteen years old, but with the Revolutionary War unfolding around him, he’s more certain than ever that he wants to be a part of it—to fight for independence alongside his brother and cousin to defeat the British. But Jonathan’s father, himself wounded from battle, refuses to let his son join the front lines.

When Jonathan hears the tavern bell toll, calling all soldiers to arms, he rushes to enlist without telling his dad. Gun in hand, Jonathan falls in with a militia and marches onward to the fighting ground. It feels like he’s been waiting his whole life for this moment.

But no amount of daydreaming could prepare Jonathan for what he encounters. In just twenty-four hours, his life will be forever changed—by his fellow soldiers, unsuspecting enemies, and the frightening and complicated realities of war. 

More than thirty years after its publication, award-winner The Fighting Ground continues to be an important work of historical fiction for young readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064401852
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/27/2009
Series: Harper Trophy Books Series
Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 43,771
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Avi is the award-winning author of more than eighty-two books for young readers, ranging from animal fantasy to gripping historical fiction, picture books to young adult novels. Crispin: The Cross of Lead won the Newbery Medal, and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing But the Truth were awarded Newbery Honors. He is also the author of the popular Poppy series. Avi lives in Denver, Colorado. Visit him online at www.avi-writer.com.

Date of Birth:

December 23, 1937

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964

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The Fighting Ground 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat from cover to cover, and I really liked how Avi explored Jonathan's changing opinion of war. As a teacher, I see a lot of my students speak about how they would fight anyone and stand up for what is right, without thinking about the realities of fighting. Without lecturing, or obviously coming out with the statement 'Adults are sometimes right,' Avi shows how Jonathan, thtough experience, comes to recognize that those annoying warnings from adults can sometimes be worth listening to.
brJT More than 1 year ago
I read this book over the phone to my 10 yr. old grandson this past summer. He and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character was older than he, but young enough to be relative. The story depicted the reality of war, so the reader must be able to handle some verbal cruelty and death. It is very well written and believable. The historical aspect was clear, but left room for questions from my grandson that I enjoyed answering for him. I recommend this book especially for boys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books that I have read this year.Johnathan, a thirteen year old boy, goes out to fight against the British. But when he meets three Hessians, his life is turned into an upside-down, topsy-turvey,emotional battle.He'll have to face difficult challenges,and horrible choices in this great read. Readers will be captivated as they read this thrilling book.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eww. Very well-written, clear depiction of a nasty little skirmish in the Revolutionary War, through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old who starts out looking for the glory of war and ends up knowing just how inglorious it is. The setting, characters, and events are beautifully evoked - but it's all just nasty. A bit of Stockholm Syndrome, a lot of lies and evasions, several deaths and assorted betrayals. And confusion through languages - English, German, and French dividing various groups. Well-written, ugly story. I guess I'm glad I read it, but I definitely don't want to reread.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. It was amazing to see how everything unfolded. It sucked me in and I couldn't put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally think that this book is boring, depressing, and is all about walking around and feeling bad for people. On pages 19-34 walking walking walking! So boring! 15 whole pages of walking! There should only really be 1/2 a page of walking! Page 50: Oh, I feel sooooo bad for you. Page 91: Oh, I feel so bad for you. So what!!!!!! Like I would Care!!!!!!!!!!¿  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very great book, but it was confusing at times. i am in the 6th grade and think this book should be for mature 7th graders. some of the words in this book like on page 92- callousness; you can't expect a 7th grader to figure that out! "Avi" has written too much swearing and that should be reduced. Awesome book, avi should keep writing.
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This book lends itself as a short read aloud for middle grade students. It is rich with history and summarizes the emotions and actions of the people during the Revoulutionary War.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was expecting a little more from this book, but it was okay. Some of it appeared very unrealistic and I felt that sometimes this character was in over his head, but again, it's not too bad, perhaps I am being overly critical. What I would recommend is this new book that just came out, Jamestown: Journey Back in Time, now that was a fun read, and I learned more about the first settlement in Virginia. The character in this book is a pretty cool kid who is lost in time and wants to get back home, but in the meantime goes through some pretty wild adventures. Check it out! Anyhow,
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really explains war and takes place all in one day!!! It is about a boy named Jonathan who thinks Fighting is fun until he trys it himself. What a journey he has.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing n u cant put it down..everything is explained well but i felt it was kinda rushed but IT WAS AWESOME! i reccomend this to any one no matter wut books they read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I gave it 4stars cuz i think the author could of added a little more details and the book seemed to rush by. any how this book was awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jonathan,13,knows he's ready to fight the british. He can handle a gun. And he yearns to don a uniform and battle fo glory, just like his brother and cousin. He didn't ask to fight, he simply goes, and to his joy he accepts. in the next twenty four hours Jon learns what it means to fight, and to be a soldier. He also learns what it's like to meet death, face to face.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Fighting Ground's main character is Johnny. Johnny always wished to be in the war. Once he got his chance however, he strongly regretted his wishes. This story is about a 13-year-old-boy who goes to war and encounters many obstacles along the way. Johnny takes part in an experience of adventure and fright that will thrill anyone who reads this story. I think this book is an excellent war book and I recommend it to all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You should never read this in your life!!!! It is very unmature and Avi looks like a She/man
Guest More than 1 year ago
April 3,1778 Jonathan, 13, know's he's ready to fight the British. He can handle a gun. And he yearns to don a iniform and battle for glory, just like his brother and cousin So on this day when the tavern ball tolls, calling men to arms, Jonathan doesn't ask his fathers permission. He simply goes. And to his joy, he is accepted In the next 24 hours, Jonathan learns what it means to fight, and to be a soldier. He also learns what it's like to meet Death face to Face. And it's a lesson he wil never forget....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thirteen-year-old Jonathan is too young to fight with the colonists against the British, but that doesn¿t stop him from sneaking off to participate in a local skirmish. When he sees the precise formation of Hessians marching toward him and his fellow patriots, however, he is confronted with the horrors and ambiguities of war. George Guidall¿s narration captures the drama and desperation of Jonathan¿s plight. 'THE FIGHTING GROUND' is about a boy who is thirteen yrs. old and ready to fight for glory but when the 24 hours training, it seems that he didn't want to be what he wanted.Jonathan,13,knows he's ready to fight the british. He can handle a gun. And he yearns to don a uniform and battle fo glory, just like his brother and cousin. He didn't ask to fight, he simply goes, and to his joy he accepts. in the next twenty four hours Jon learns what it means to fight, and to be a soldier. He also learns what it's like to meet death, face to face. The Fighting Ground's main character is Johnny. Johnny always wished to be in the war. Once he got his chance however, he strongly regretted his wishes. This story is about a 13-year-old-boy who goes to war and encounters many obstacles along the way. Johnny takes part in an experience of adventure and fright that will thrill anyone who reads this story. I think this book is an excellent war book and I recommend it to I think personally this book has a lot of meaning, and lessons to learn. Jonathon is only 14, and he knew that his dream was to be a soldier!So he went out there and did what he thought was really important to him. I think thats a great thing to learn, whatever you have to dream, go for it and I'm sure that you'll succeed! Jonathan, who is thirteen, knows he's ready to go fight the British. He can handle a gun. And he yearns to don a uniform and battle for glory, just like his brother and cousin. The story takes place in one day, detailed minute by minute. So on this day when the story takes place, it all starts by a tavern bell tolling. It is used to for calling men to arms and is heard by Jonathan and his father. At first it goes on and off and brings curiosity to Jonathan and his father working in their field. Jonathan goes to see what is happening and doesn't really ask his father's permission. He simply goes. There he finds out that a small army is going to fight some Hessians. He says he is going to fight with them and to his joy, he's accepted. He then goes into the tavern, gets a gun and is off to go fight. In the next twenty-four hours Jonathan fights in the skirmish and ends up being capture by three Hessian solders. while in their captive he find a small boy and ends up escaping with him and finds what is left of his comrades that he fought with, Jonathan learns what it means to fight, and to be a soldier. Back to Top