Christine Kohler

Children's Book Author, Editor, Writing Instructor

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Christine Kohler specializes in making complex topics clear and concise.

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NO SURRENDER SOLDIER, Merit Press/​F+W Media, Janurary 2014

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The American Library Association (ALA) nominated NO SURRENDER SOLDIER for ALA'sYALSA Quick Pick list.

NO SURRENDER SOLDIER sports a bronze medal on its jacket thanks to the Military Writers Society of America

Congratulations to all the Military Writers Society of America award winners! NO SURRENDER SOLDIER placed with a bronze medal in YA.


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I am thrilled Asian Review of Books in Hong Kong reviewed NO SURRENDER SOLDIER! Asian Review of Books

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“An interesting account of history that paints a picture of life both on and off the battlefield … .This debut transports readers to an exotic place in a troubled time and reveals that being a teenager in Guam is not so different from being a teen elsewhere in the world.” - Booklist

Kirkus review of NO SURRENDER SOLDIER, January 2014, Merit Press (Adams Media/ F+W Media)

Some serious moral choices confront a 15-year old Chamorro boy on Guam when he discovers a Japanese soldier still in hiding almost 30 years after World War II. It’s 1972, and Kiko has problems. He’s crazy about his classmate Daphne, but he can’t work up the courage to approach her. His grandfather appears to be developing serious dementia, and Kiko can’t control the old man when he’s assigned to watch him. He misses his brother, Sammy, an officer serving in Vietnam, and he doesn’t feel ready to go through with his upcoming confirmation into the Catholic Church. Worst of all, he learns from his grandfather that when Guam was occupied during the war, a Japanese soldier raped his mother. Meanwhile, Isamu Seto has been surviving in the jungle since the war, now living in a dugout tunnel near Kiko’s house. Seto feels unworthy because he did not commit suicide at the end of the war and still fears capture, having vowed never to surrender to the “Amerikans.” Both characters form new understandings when they encounter one another. Kohler alternates chapters between Kiko and Seto, writing Kiko’s dialogue, especially, in a dialect that rings true. Although written in simple language, the story gracefully weaves parallels between Kiko and Seto, giving it depth and complexity. An unusual, resonant debut. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)

Selected Works

A young man. An old soldier. A terrible injustice. But should the punishment be death?
This series covers everything you need to know to organize a glee or show choir.
"...Internet sites that are kept up to date and used as a resource for students writing research projects. The Report Links provide such useful sources as documents, photographs, and illustrations...." –Library Media Connection, October 2006
Refugees: Hear their voices. Read about children who lived through wars, and sought to find safe homes. They moved to a new country for a better life.
E-Book, Non-fiction, writers
e-book on Kindle for those interested in writing biblical-based stories, articles, poems.
Anthologies, Collections
"Chiune Sugihara: Righteous Among the Nations", Leaflets of Our Resistance, Volume 2
Activities for outdoor play, sand and water play.
Activities for teachers to help children ages 3-6 learn about the world around them.
100 activities for teachers of children 3-5
Fiction, ages 5-9
When Jennifer and Scotty Harper encounter problems in life, they come up with solutions to overcome difficulties, and learn to trust Jesus in the process.

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