Yesterday I talked about how kids coped during World War II. Flash forward to today.
HEART OF A SHEPHERD by Rosanne Parry.
Brother is the youngest of a family of boys. He's not quite ready to go away to high school when his dad leaves for Iraq. Mom left to follow her art career several years ago, so Dad's deployment means Brother and his aging grandparents are the only ones left at home to run the ranch. The older boys are away at boarding school, college and in the service, too. When the siblings come home for a visit, they act as if Brother is still the boy they left behind months before. He sets out to show them he has become a man.
Family members who have scorned the title of "little brother" or "baby sister" will relate to Brother's struggles and cheer him on.