So the long and short of it is that I have decided to occasionally highlight an author I found particularly inspiring.
Today (in no particular order) Brian Jacques of Britain; milkman, friend to orphans, historian, and WWII survivor. He was a boy of ten during the Blitzkrieg and while his tales are never allegorical the taste of that time never really leaves his work.
His Redwall series is long and engaging from the first book (Redwall itself) to the latest.
There is far more to these works than talking animals and enchanted swords, there is heart and soul and moral. They can be a bit too intense for the very young, the horrors of war are not glossed over or glorified, but a little parental discretion can take care of that.