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I Pledge Allegiance (Vietnam #1)

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Four best friends. Four ways to serve their country.

Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck are best friends for life. So when one of the teens is drafted into the Vietnam War, the others sign up, too. Although they each serve in a different branch, they are fighting the war together--and they pledge to do all they can to come home together.

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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Scholastic Inc. (first published November 2010)
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Richie Partington
24 April 2011 VIETNAM, BOOK ONE: I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE by Chris Lynch, Scholastic Press, November 2011, 192p., ISBN: 978-0-545-27029-8

"I ain't got no quarrel with the Vietcong. No Vietcong ever called me Nigger."
-- Muhammad Ali

"I love the smell of napalm in the morning."
-- Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore, Apocalypse Now

"Thou shalt not kill"
-- The Ten Commandments

"All we are saying is
Give peace a chance"
-- John Lennon

It was 40 years ago today that I awoke long before dawn, walked over to school,
Margo Tanenbaum
The first in a new series on the Vietnam War for young readers, I Pledge Allegiance introduces us to four ordinary guys who are best friends: Rudi, Ivan, Beck, and Morris, our narrator. Morris is haunted by nightmares about Vietnam, visions of "torn flesh and burned flesh and the end of everything we know, all dying there in the scorching jungle of Vietnam." The friends have a sacred pledge--if one of them gets drafted, they would all be drafted, even if they weren't serving together. And when R ...more
Lynch does a fine job of delivering a short, accessible novel that captures the innocence, the cynicism, the honor, and the horror of Vietnam. This is a good war book. The action in the last half is exciting and chilling, with helpful explanations about the tools of warfare unique to Vietnam. It's a setting-driven novel. There's no plot. You are simply there (and home) for a time with a few characters. And although the characters develop, they do so in fairly obvious ways that are closely linked ...more
Cole B
I Pledge Allegiance
192 page
Historical Fiction

The first book in a great new series for boys about the Vietnam War. The series revolves around four friends from Boston. When one of the four is drafted the other three decide to join with him. They end up in various branches of the service: Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. This first book focuses on Morris and his experiences in the Navy as he tries to watch over his friends, even as he's haunted by dreams of their deaths. This is a realistic s
Michael Boyd
This is a great coming of age war story for both young adults and adults alike. It's the story of four young reluctant teens who all decide to join the service and volunteer for Vietnam when one of their group gets drafted. It's a solemn pact they make with each other in that if one of them goes all of them go. So, as young adults imbued with a sense of invulnerability, they move off into what they think will be a great adventure.

Of course, war is never what it's glorified representation makes i
Thomas Arsenault
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I would recommend my book “I Pledge Allegiance” by Chris lynch to a friend because it teaches a life lesson which is not to go along with your friend only listen to yourself. Which is very important because you might end up unhappy.
One of my reasons that support’s my claim is that is that the story is ironic. For example the book says” And when we pledge that none of us was going to Vietnam, without all of us going to Vietnam.” (page 33)This is ironic
morris,rudi,ivan,and beck are best friends for life but when one them gets drafted to the vietnam war. they all promise to even though thy are in different branches they will all come home together.

Donna (BLHmistress)
I had bought this book because my teenage son, who is not a fan of reading asked for me to get it for him. Not sure whether he wanted the book because his grandfather was in Vietnam or if he just was plain interested but I am glad he wanted it.

Needless to say he loved it, so much so he continuously kept talking about and pleaded for me to give it a try and I will say I am glad I did. What a wonderfully told story of 4 friends sticking together no matter what.

The emotions conveyed in this book t
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This 183 page, historical fiction book by Chris Lynch is amazing. It is about an 18 year old boy right of high school named Morris. He has 3 best friends. Ivan, Rudi, and Beck. Rudi is drafted into the military during the Vietnam war. Because of the pledge they made up, if one person is selected, they all go. It is hard being away from your best friends, especially at war but Morris has one job. Watch out for his friends.

I love this book. It's so full of action I was always intrested in readin
I thought this book was an ok book. In the beginning it started really really slow but soon at the end it got to the action and got better. Nothing that I normally would read, but if you're into reading war books then I would recommend you to read this.
Vietnam I Pledge Allegiance by Chris Lynch is a very good book. it is about four friends, Beck,Ivan,Rudi and Morris.

They have always stuck together and the do this by making pledges. they make one pledge that if one of them gets drafted to be in the Vietnam War they would all sign up. every Thursday they meet at the top of a hill and look out over Boston and eat together. This book is a great display of how nothing can come between friendship including war. Chris Lynch does a great job explainin
Andrew Kiley
I thought the book was okay, it started out slow and then got better. The ending was okay, but it think it wasn't that good because there is a second book. I still think you should give the book a try and read it.
Mar 15, 2012 Grace rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA
Recommended to Grace by: Mrs. Kauffman
Even though this book doesn't match some of the other military books in blood and gore, it definitely makes up in deeper meaning and emotions. Morris and his three friends are in the pulled into the war zone in Vietnam. Morris is in the Navy, Beck is in the Air Force, Rudi is in the Marines, and Ivan is in the Army. Morris makes a pledge (hence the title) to protect his friends, and hopefully, return home alive. There's definitely a lot of examples of psychological horrors in this book. I won't ...more
This book is about four friends Rudi, Morris, Beck, and Ivan. When they were in high school they decided that if any of them got drafted to the army then they'll all join with that person to fight in Vietnam. One day Rudi gets a letter, saying that he is drafted. He turns depressed but the boys keep their promises and join with Rudi. This book is written from Morris's point of view and it shows how hard it was in Vietnam, and a solider. I really liked this book because of the description of the ...more
Terri Floccare
This is a good fiction title about the Vietnam War for kids. It's the first of a series about the war. The premise is that 4 friends make a pledge that if one gets drafted then all 4 will enlist. Of course, when the first is drafted the others enlist in each of the different branches of the military. This book is the story of Morris who enlists in the Navy and sees it as his duty to keep tabs on and keep safe his four friends. The book doesn't glorify war or sugarcoat it. Characters die includin ...more
This book was really good, and I enjoyed it. This book had a lot of action in it, and it kept you on your toes. I have always enjoyed war books and out of all the war books I have read this was the best. I liked when they got drafted in the war, and they all kept in youch. This book could be violent at sometimes, but overall it just described what the main character and his friends did in the war. Don't worry it can be boring at sometimes, but if you read through those parts you'll get to the ex ...more
Debbie Graham
Really would like to give this book an extra 1/2 star because it sure didn't talk down to kids, and managed to convey fear/the gore mixed with believable feelings of pleasure/power which assuredly must occur (otherwise why would we continue to be able to convince young people to go risk blowing themselves up, aside from the fact they are, of course, invulnerable at that age). It also, in a very poignant scene, reminds us of how Vietnam vets were not treated like war heroes even though the Vietna ...more
I didn't really like this book much. The beginning kind of jumps from one event to another. Near the middle to the end, the book starts to make more sense. I was confused at some parts because at one point Morris is with his friends, then the next he's in war. You really have to be paying attention to the story to understand it completely.
Dayna Smith
The first book in a great new series for boys about the Vietnam War. The series revolves around four friends from Boston. When one of the four is drafted the other three decide to join with him. They end up in various branches of the service: Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. This first book focuses on Morris and his experiences in the Navy as he tries to watch over his friends, even as he's haunted by dreams of their deaths. This is a realistic series boys will love. It is also a good insight ...more
First book in a series about four school friends who pledge to go into the armed services if any one of them was drafted. One was drafted for the Marines. The others followed with one enlisted in the Army, one in the Air Force, and one in the navy thinking from sea he could support all three of his friends. Once in Vietnam, things did not quite go as planned for the young men. Morris finds out that it may be impossible to protect all of his friends and himself at the same time. Good start to a s ...more
This is the story of four best friends who pledge to each other that if one of them gets drafted to go to Vietnam they are all going. Told from the perspective of Morris, one of the four, this book relates his fears, doubts, courage, and experiences as he and his friends head to war. This is a good novel for 4-7th grade boys who are interested in military history but not ready for anything too heavy or violent. War is not glorified and there is not extraneous violence, but the reader still gets ...more
There are four best friends for life. The four best friends are named Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck. So when one of them get drafted into war the other three sign up. All four of them go into different U.S. military branches. This book is historical fiction because this could happen to anyone anywhere.
The Strengths in the book are there is action, people making new friends, and there is friendship and a weakness is Morris start to fight
The book I Pledge Allegiance(Vietnam#1),is the first in a series of four. Author Chris Lynch's writing is definatly excepsional. I mean with quite a few books with his name on the front there is litte doubt about his ability as a talented writer/author. The message sent from author to reader is not necessarily simple but its not vastly complex either. Chris Lynch is simply trying to make his readers aware of the Vietnam war, what the soldiers endured and how it affected them. He does this throug ...more
Vietnam I Pledge Allegiance

The book Vietnam I Pledge Allegiance was a very good book that was about four best friends living their lives together in Boston when one of them gets drafted into the Marine Corps. And the main character, Morris made a pledge if one was drafted the other three friends would sign up. They each chose a different branch of the military and Morris, the main character chose the Navy because he believed that the navy watched over all the other branches of the Military. Wh
This is an amazing book and i would recommend it to anyone who likes historic fiction, or war. The main character along with 3 friends are normal teenagers living in Boston while the Vietnam War is taking place thousands of miles away. It was written by Chris Lynch and I've read a couple of books from him in the past.The main character lives alone with his mother and is very thoughtful in a sense. He is for the most part the leader of the group. He made things called Pledges which are basically ...more
Chase S.
Summary: Four best friends. Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck are best friends for life. So when one of the teens is drafted into the Vietnam War, the others sign up, too. Although they each serve in a different branch, they are fighting the war together and they pledge to do all they can to come home together. Haunted by dreams of violence and death, Morris makes it his personal mission to watch over his friends and the best place to do that is in the US Navy. Stationed off the coast of Vietnam on t ...more
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In this novel best friends Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck all join different branches of the army. They deiced to join the army because Rudi was drafted into the army. "Rudi is nineteen, a year older than the rest of us"(29). Morris joins the navy and wants everyone to survive so he tries to protect his friends as much as he can but obviously it has to protect more than one person including yourself. This novels overall plot is following the friends through the Vietnam war and how they still stay ...more
In this historical fiction, Morris, the main character, and his buddy’s, Ivan, Rudi, and Beck, decided that the all should join the fight in Vietnam because Rudi is drafted into the Marines. All of them join different branches of the Military. Morris has a mission of own, to protect his friends and don’t let them die.

I wonder if Morris, since his buddy’s write to him, does he write back. I think that would help him in his mission to protect his friends, and to get responses too would bring the
Casey Hundstad
I like this book but it din't have a lot of action and that's why i gave it 3 stars. I only read this book because the 2nd book is a lot better. It never grabbed my interest beside one time when his friend died right in front of him. I would not recommend this book but the sires does get better.
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