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Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam

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Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam
by Walter Dean Myers; illustrated by Ann Grifalconi

In a gripping and powerful story-poem, award-winning author Walter Dean Myers 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.

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.

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?


Book Type:
   picture book

Related Lists:   history      historical fiction     poetry

Interest Level:   3rd grade    4th grade    5th grade    6th grade    7th grade

Reading Level:   Guided Reading Level M     DRA Level 24

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