Claremont, Calif. (March 12, 2014) – Pitzer College Assistant Professor Emerita of Writing Jacqueline Levering Sullivan has authored A Less Than Perfect Peace, a sequel to her award-winning Annie’s War (Eerdmans, 2007). Published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, the book will be available on March 28.
In A Less than Perfect Peace, four years have gone by since 14-year-old Annie Leigh Howard joyfully welcomed her father back from World War II. Life isn’t back to normal quite as Annie once hoped, though. It is now January 1950 and the Cold War has begun to grip the nation. The family has finally settled in after a major move from Seattle to Tacoma, but Annie’s once outgoing and gregarious father, now blind from the war, is retreating from the outside world.
Annie is determined to help her father once again embrace life. In the midst of her efforts, she meets Elisabet VanderVelde and her handsome twin brother, Johannes, refugees from Holland. Through them, she comes to see the world differently–to understand the nature of sacrifice, and the truth that loss in wartime is not limited to those that fight on the battlefield.
In 2008-09, Levering Sullivan’s novel Annie’s War was named a finalist for the 2009-2010 Children’s Crown Award. She received the Celebrate Literacy Award from the International Reading Association and won the 2009 Kentucky Bluegrass Master List Award.