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Carol Saller

Hello! I'm Carol Saller, author of the middle-grade World War II novel Eddie’s War and other children's books. I've also worked as a children’s book editor at Front Street/Cricket Books and have been a longtime contributing editor to The Chicago Manual of Style. In Chicago I live near Lake Michigan, where I like to walk and bike and bake and sing in a choir.


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Hello! I'm Carol Saller, author of the middle-grade World War II novel Eddie’s War and other children's books. I've also worked as a children’s book editor at Front Street/Cricket Books and have been a longtime contributing editor to The Chicago Manual of Style.

In Chicago I live near Lake Michigan, where I like to walk and bike and bake and sing in a choir.

About Eddie's War

In 1940, the war in Europe is the news of the day, and Eddie Carl thinks America should step up and save the world. But Eddie’s too young to fight, and the farm in Ellisville, Illinois, is a long way from the front. Ellisville: where the big news stories are gophers in the graveyard and the new bank alarm. But then America joins the war and Eddie’s brother Thomas goes off to fly a bomber. Suddenly the war doesn’t seem so far away.

But then America joins the war and Eddie’s brother Thomas goes off to fly a bomber. Suddenly the war doesn’t seem so far away. And Eddie faces more grown-up problems at home: A fire destroys the Strothers’ place, and Eddie’s friend is accused of arson. Grampa Rob is stubborn and mean. Grama Lucy is hiding something. And that redhead Sarah definitely likes him—unless maybe she hates him.

Eddie’s in the middle of it all, trying to figure out what’s right. This is Eddie’s war.

Ten Things about Me

1. When I was little, I was afraid of the fish on the shower curtain in the bathroom.

2. I like to rollerblade. Along Lake Michigan, there’s a beautiful path you can skate on for 18 miles.

3. My brother and sister and I all have brown eyes, but we each have two children, one with brown eyes and one with blue eyes.

4. When I was twelve, my parents got divorced. Later, they both got married to other people who had children. That meant that in addition to my brother and sister, I suddenly had some step-siblings. To be exact, I had seven new step-brothers and three new step-sisters. It was kind of wild.

5. One summer when I was in college, I had a job as a letter carrier. The rolling cart hadn’t been invented yet, so I had to carry a heavy leather bag. On the first day, I fainted on someone’s front porch.

6. I was in San Francisco during the last big earthquake, in 1989. I could see the damaged Bay Bridge from the house where I was living.

7. Once I went to China and ate a scorpion. (That’s not why I went, though.)

8. My brother Tom races motorcycles, and once I got to watch him race at the Daytona International Speedway. He came in third.

9. I love television. When people tell me they never watch TV, I don’t believe them.

10. I have been saved from drowning. Twice.

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Eddie's War

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