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by Walter Dean Myers

Published by Scholastic Press, 2013
212 pages
ISBN: 978𢠧45-384285

Age 13 and older

A gripping novel about the D-Day invasion during World War II follows a young soldier named Woody. Woody抯 experience during the invasion and the days and weeks immediately following offer a gut-wrenching look at a soldier抯 life. Moments of intense anxiety, such as just before Woody enters the water during the invasion, and the confusion and frenzy of battle are especially compelling, but no less telling is Woody抯 complete disconnect from reality when it comes to measuring time and distance. So when Woody and his unit have been battling for weeks he抯 sure it抯 months, and when he抯 certain they must be miles inland from the French coast, it turns out to be a distance that would be almost meaningless on a map during any other time but war. Friendships may be measured in days; courage can be a quiet thing. Woody occasionally runs into Marcus Parry, an African American friend from home who抯 a truck driver in an all-Black support unit. Myers not only touches on the racism and limited opportunities for Black soldiers at this time, but Marcus becomes a measure of how much Woody has changed over the course of weeks when he doesn抰 even recognize Woody near story抯 end.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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