The Fighting Ground

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The Fighting ground
The Fighting Ground cover.jpg
Author Avi
Country United States
Genre Children's historical fiction
Publication date
Media type Print
ISBN 0-06-440185-5

The Fighting Ground is a 1984 young adult historical fiction novel written by Edward Irving Wortis, under his pen name, Avi. The book is about a 13-year-old boy named Jonathan who runs away to fight in the American Revolutionary War. The novel covers two days, April 3 and 4, 1778.[1]

The Fighting Ground won the 1984 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction and was listed on the ALA's Notable Children's Books list.[2] It was banned from elementary schools in Florida's Bay District Schools in 2008 for containing profanity.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

A thirteen-year-old boy named Jonathan is inpatient to join the Revolutionary War that his family is at first very encouraged about. His father used to help him train, but now after he returned from a battle with a wound in his leg, he is fearful and doesn’t want his son to leave. However, when the war bell rings he leaves anyway. He borrows a tavern owner’s gun and takes to a morning long march to battle German Hessians. He ends up being taken prisoner. The Hessians take him to an old house. Together they bury the two parents of a boy Jonathan finds. Then he escapes in the night back to the army camp. Since the Corporal murdered the boy's parents, he knew where the house was. As he leads the militia to the house, they force Jonathan to see if the Hessians were awake or asleep. He slips away, the Hessians all die.


  1. ^ Williams, Nancy S. (2004). Using Literature to Support Skills and Critical Discussion for Struggling Readers: Grades 3-9. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Education. p. 30. ISBN 978-1-57886-096-8. 
  2. ^ "The Fighting Ground by Avi". HarperCollins. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Whelan, Debra Lau (June 16, 2008). "Florida School District Bans Avi Book". School Library Journal. Archived from the original on February 8, 2013. 

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