November 22, 2018

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"Somebody must have told them suckers I was coming." "Who?" I asked. "The Congs, man. Who you think I'm talking 'bout?"
Fallen Angels
Walter Dean Myers

Fallen Angels

By: Walter Dean Myers
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10

"There's only two kinds of people in Vietnam. People who are alert twenty-fours a day, and people who are dead." Richie Perry was seventeen and in trouble. There was no way he could afford college, and the streets were just too hard. He hadn't really given the army too much thought. It was enough that it would give him something to do and three meals a day. He just wanted to cool out till he got himself together. Basic training wasn't so hard. But there were things they didn't tell him in basic. They didn't tell him about Nam Rot, or napalm that sucked the air out of your lungs from a hundred yards away, or the body bags that lay in neat piles, ready for the next soldier to die. They didn't tell him how it felt to shoot at Vietnamese soldiers no older than you were, and just as afraid. In a novel rich in characters and authentic in detail, Walter Dean Myers tells the powerful story of one seventeen-year-old's tour of duty. Fallen Angels is a testament to the thousands of young adults who fought and died in the Vietnam War.  Coretta Scott King Award Winner 1989. —from the Scholastic website

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Born on the Fourth of July
Ron Kovic

Born on the Fourth of July

By: Ron Kovic
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12

Born on the Fourth of July details the author's life story (portrayed by Tom Cruise in the Oliver Stone film version)—from a patriotic soldier in Vietnam, to his severe battlefield injury, to his role as the country's most outspoken anti-Vietnam War advocate, spreading his message from his wheelchair. —From Akashic Books

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Hocus Pocus
Kurt Vonnegut

Hocus Pocus

By: Kurt Vonnegut
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12

The story of Eugene Debs Hartke-Vietnam veteran, jazz pianist, college professor, and prognosticator of the apocalypse. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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Everybody Sees the Ants
A.S. King

Everybody Sees the Ants

By: A.S. King
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Lucky Linderman didn't ask for his life. He didn't ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn't ask for a father who never got over it. He didn't ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn't ask to be the target of Nader McMillan's relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far. But Lucky has a secret—one that helps him wade through the mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos—the prison his grandfather couldn't escape—where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. It's dangerous and wild, and it's a place where his life just might be worth living. But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside? ALA and YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction 2012. —from the website at Hachette

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