The Always War
by Margaret Peterson Haddix Year Published: 2011
"For as long as Tessa can remember, her country has been at war. When local golden boy Gideon Thrall is awarded a medal for courage, it's a rare bright spot for everyone in Tessa's town-until Gideon refuses the award, claims he is a coward, and runs away. Tess is bewildered, and can't help but follow Gideon to find out the truth. But Tessa is in for more than she bargained for. Before she knows it, she has stowed away on a rogue airplane headed for enemy territory. But all that pales when she discovers a shocking truth that rocks the foundation of everything she's ever believed- a truth that could change the world. Is Tessa brave enough to bring it into the light?"