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Patrol An American Soldier in Vietnam (Hardcover)

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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0060283645
ISBN-13: 9780060283643
Sku: 30885632
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 11.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  40
Age Range:  10 to 14
 
The land of my enemy has wide valleys, mountains that stretch along the far horizon, rushing brown rivers and thick green forests. (from the first line)
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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Vietnam.

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.

Author Bio
Walter Dean Myers
Walter Dean Myers's mother died when he was young, leaving his father to raise eight children alone. When he was three, Walter was taken in by a nearby couple, Herbert and Florence Dean, who moved with him to Harlem, New York. A speech impediment contributed to his unhappy time in school, although he did love to read and write. When he was 16 he won a prize in an essay contest, which encouraged him to continue his writing although he eventually dropped out of school and joined the Army. Afterward, he held a series of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. His first book for children, WHERE DOES THE DAY GO?, was published in 1969 after it won a competition sponsored by the Council on Interracial Books for Children. Myers has been awarded the Newbery Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his contributions to young adult literature.

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Kirkus Reviews
"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

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   06
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0040
Product attributePublisher:   HarperCollins
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