Purple Heart (Paperback)
|Author: Patricia McCormick|
|When Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital, he''s haunted by an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits his chest. Matt can''t shake the feeling that he is somehow involved in the boy''s death, but because of his own head injury, he struggles to put all the pieces together.|
From the Publisher:
When Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital in Iraq, he's honored with a Purple Heart. But he doesn't feel like a hero.
There's a memory that haunts him: an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits his chest. Matt can't shake the feeling that he was somehow involved in his death. But because of a head injury he sustained just moments after the boy was shot, Matt can't quite put all the pieces together.
Eventually Matt is sent back into combat with his squadJustin, Wolf, and Charlenethe soldiers who have become his family during his time in Iraq. He just wants to go back to being the soldier he once was. But he sees potential threats everywhere and lives in fear of not being able to pull the trigger when the time comes. In combat there is no black-and-white, and Matt soon discovers that the notion of who is guilty is very complicated indeed.
National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick has written a visceral and compelling portrait of life in a war zone, where loyalty is valued above all, and death is terrifyingly commonplace.
Investigative journalist Patricia McCormick took the YA novel to dark and powerful new places with her bestselling CUT, the story of a self-mutilating girl who must come to terms with her personal, mental, and familial issues. McCormick continues to face hard realities in her YA novel PURPLE HEART, the story of Matt Duffy, an U.S. Army private who receives a Purple Heart after receiving a head injury while fighting in Iraq. But he's troubled by images of a little boy being gunned down by machine-gun fire, and wonders if perhaps he played a role in the boy's death. Back on patrol with his squad, Duffy is full of doubt and not sure if he can react the same way that he used to--an attitude that could someday cost the lives of his friends in his squad. Based on actual interviews with war veterans, PURPLE HEART is a heartfelt and powerful look into the hardships of war and the burden of post-traumatic stress. Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Children's Books of 2009.