The Art of Keeping Cool
By Janet Taylor LisleReading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Awards: Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award
Publisher: A Richard Jackson Book/Atheneum 2002
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A wrenching WWII novel traces the relationship between two 13-year-old American boys and a German-born Expressionist painter reputed to be a spy. The intimate first-person narrative brings universal themes of prejudice and loss to a personal level.