Summer's End by Audrey Couloumbis takes place in the summer of 1965. But it could just as well be set in the present.
12-year-old Grace is angered when her 18-year-old brother burns his draft card and takes off for Canada the day before her 13th birthday party. The party is called off and her family is thrown into turmoil.
When four generations of Grace's family gather at the family farm that summer, feelings run rampant. Two of the cousins are off to Canada, two are already in Vietnam, some older members are veterans from the Korean War. The discussions are heated, but always filled with mutual love and respect.
This book is a well-written story that could be used as a starting point for family or classroom discussions abouts war, both past and present.