Patrol An American Soldier in Vietnam (Hardcover)
|Transporting readers to a land ravaged by bombs, gunfire, and the tragedy that is war, "Patrol" focuses on a young American soldier in Vietnam. As he waits for the enemy, his heart pounds, he trembles, and he fights back tears. And when he comes face to face with the enemy, he is shocked to discover that the soldier is a boy, just like him. Full-color illustrations.|
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A young American soldier waits for his enemy, rifle in hand, finger on the trigger. He is afraid to move and yet afraid not to move. Gunshots crackle in the still air. The soldier fires blindly into the distant trees at an unseen enemy. He crouches and waits -- heart pounding, tense and trembling, biting back tears. When will it all be over?
Walter Dean Myers joined the army on his seventeeth birthday, at the onset of American involvement in Vietnam, but it was the death of his brother in 1968 that forever changed his mind about war.
In a gripping and powerful story-poem, the award-winning author takes readers into the heart and mind of a young soldier in an alien land who comes face-to-face with the enemy. Strikingly illustrated with evocative and emotionally wrenching collages by Caldecott Honor artist Ann Grifalconi, this unforgettable portrait captures one American G.L's haunting experience.
"Not exactly a fun read, but highly effective and very important." 05/01/2002 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This is both a tone and treatment unusual in literature for young people; verse is an ideal medium for Myers' intensely personal view of war, and war-story fans who come for blood will leave with only pain." - Elizabeth Bush May 2002
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