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Sharpshooter (Vietnam #2)

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Some things are worth fighting for.

Of all his friends, Ivan is the only one looking forward to war.

That's because Ivan has never backed down from a fight--especially when it comes to fighting for what's right. He has protected his friends from bullies for years. And now, as war erupts in Vietnam, Ivan wants nothing more than to fight for his country, just as his father did
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Scholastic Inc. (first published January 1st 2012)
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Ivan and his friends make a pack that if one of them gets called up to Vietnam they will all enlist. A four part series, each detailing the experience of one of the teens. Even though it is about war it is not overtly violent. Can be read as a stand alone in the series.

Morris- Navy
Ivan- Army
Rudi- Marines
Beck- Air Force

Ivan is a Catholic Native American
Dylan Warner
Feb 23, 2016 Dylan Warner rated it it was amazing
Chris Lynch has written a series of five books for young adults about the war in Vietnam from the point of view of each of four friends who live in Boston, Massachusetts. Chris Lynch has also written quite a few more books for young adults. These books are typically written from the point of view of the young adult characters in the stories.

Sharpshooter is a work of youth fiction showing how each of the four friends feels and acts during their days in Vietnam. Each of them joins a different br
Josue Rojas
Oct 25, 2016 Josue Rojas rated it liked it
Personal Response
My personal response to this book is that it gets you thinking. The reason I say that is because the author put you in the book and gives you an idea what it would be like to be in the army and gets you thinking like what if your were in war,what would be the reason you're fighting in the war.The book always gets you thinking of what will happen in the next chapter and what will happen to the author .

Plot Summary
This book is about the author and his 4 four friends that are getti
Ms. Yingling
Apr 13, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
In I Pledge Allegiance, we meet four friends growing up at the height of the Vietnam conflict. Rudi is the first to get a draft notice, and is visibly upset. Morris is resigned to going, Beck wants to keep his hair long until the very last minute, but Ivan is gung-ho. His father fought with Patton in WWII, and as long as the fight is a good fight (and any fight for your country falls into that category), it's okay. Sent on a ship to Vietnam, Ivan is trained to be a sniper, and tries to do the be ...more
Nov 28, 2013 Patrick rated it really liked it
The second novel in the four part series follows Ivan through his induction into the Army, along with his partial tour in Vietnam. The story is anchored by the scene wherein Rudi is served his draft notice in Boston. Four young men enjoy the end of their childhood while they look out over the skyline of Bean Town. We learn about the same scene in the first installment of the series, but this time we are told the 'Rudi is drafted scene' from a different perspective, Ivan's.

The novels are able to
Jan 02, 2014 Moe rated it liked it
Shelves: 8th-grade
This book was in a pack of five. I picked this one up first because of the awesome sniper graphic. I didn't expect it to be that good, coming from scholastic and all, but it actually was quite ok. I wish it had more fighting going on, because it was more of a drama than anything. I can't imagine what it would be like to have go-army parents that expect their children to join as soon as they can. I believe I wouldn't be able to enjoy myself knowing I will be shipped off to a foreign country into ...more
Nathan E. 8 Rdg
Oct 28, 2013 Nathan E. 8 Rdg rated it really liked it
The book was very detailed in the battles and fight scenes. It almost felt as if I were right beside Rudi. My favorite part was when Rudi bayoneted his first Vietnamese soldier. It went into very deep detail on how he felt sorry for the guy. In this book I learned more about the violence and the different conditions for the soldiers. I would highly recommend this book to people interested in learning about American History. I would rate this book 3 stars because it was a great read, although you ...more
Tim Dunderdale
May 16, 2016 Tim Dunderdale rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book past the beginning of it. It was boring in the begging and then picked up in the middle and end. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading books about Vietnam. It had a well written plot and the characters were all portrayed well.
W. Waddacor
Apr 10, 2016 W. Waddacor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-11b
Book Review #2 William
Title: Sharpshooter, by Chris Lynch
Book Overview:

This novel follows the story of a teenage boy named Ivan in 1968-1969. At the beginning of the story, Ivan is an eighteen year-old living in Boston with his parents and younger brother. He’s a patriotic kid, and as the war in Vietnam intensifies, he believes it’s his duty to join the US Army and beat back the communists. His friends, Morris, Beck, and Rudi, are all not very enthusiastic about the war and don’t wish to fight,

Tucker Eriksen
Mar 13, 2017 Tucker Eriksen rated it really liked it
The book tells a story of an eighteen year old man just out of high school.This man is Ivan. He and his four best friends took a pledge to not enlist in the military to join the war in vietnam. They had also took a pledge that if one of them got drafted, the others would enlist. The four friends names are Ivan, Morris, Rudi, Beck. All of them joined a different branch. They all go over to vietnam and fight also. Ivan always wanted to fight and serve for his country because it's in his blood. His ...more
Brandon Burken
Mar 10, 2017 Brandon Burken rated it really liked it
I think that the first book was a little better than the second book. I like how it went from one branch of the military to the other in the same war at the same time. I like how it says what certain soldiers are carrying what types of weapons.
Jan 01, 2017 Summer rated it liked it
Author for juniors, book 2 of 4 on four high school friends who made a pact to join Vietnam war if one is recruited. This book is about the sniper shooter, very graphic details of what it was like in the trenches. Just back from Vietnam trip so quite interested in topic.
Apr 07, 2016 Walker rated it it was amazing
In the exposition it begins like the first book in this series. Ivan, Beck, Rudi, and Morris are introduced to us as lifelong friends that always have each other's backs. They make "pledges" to each other about many things from girls to weekly hangouts at a hill overlooking Boston. It seemed like a exaggerated promise to most people but to them it was more of a law than a pledge. When they made the pledge to all go into the Vietnam War if one of them got drafted they never reall
Int'l librarian
This is an exciting, violent, “Fight the Right Fight” adrenaline rush, for those who can push past the intro. “Fight the Right Fight” isn’t my phrase, by the way. It’s stamped in military font across the back cover.

Sharpshooter is Book 2 in a four-part series. Each volume focuses on one of four high school friends in Boston in the late 1960s. It’s best to read the series in sequence, to avoid any spoilers, but it was easy to understand the context from this book only.

The series seems marketed
Cosimo Matarazzo
Feb 19, 2016 Cosimo Matarazzo rated it it was amazing
The Book i read was Sharpshooter by Chris lynch, the book takes place during the Vietnam war.The main character of the story is Ivan.Ivan is determined,in the book his friend Morris trys to get him not to join the war Pg 5(Beginning and middle of page).He is also determined because on pg 5 Ivan Trys to make his friends join up with him to the army (middle and bottom of the page).Ivan is also persuasive because on pg 5 he persuades his friends to join up if he gets drafted (mid page). Ivan wants ...more
Kevin Reddington
Feb 26, 2017 Kevin Reddington rated it really liked it
Ivan Bucyk is an 18 year high schooler who of one of four friends who made a pack to go to war together once one friend has been drafted. Ivan is the only looking forward towards this war because he has never backed down towards a fight ever in his life, especially fighting for what's right. Since the beginning he has always protected his friends from bullies for years, and now as the Vietnam war enrolls the draft has been enlisting teenagers to be sent to war and fight for their country. After ...more
Michael Gutierrez
I think this book was really good because at the beginning it tell you about that the friends were trying to be in the army and they did not believe that Rudi would make it in, he ends up making it and they go get clams and go to a wall near the beach to watch the tides for celebration. I like how they all stuck together while they were at Vietnam and they helped each other during the war and told each other what to do so they wouldn't die. My favorite part in this book is where they are on the ...more
Donovan, R
Jan 16, 2014 Donovan, R rated it it was amazing
The book Sharpshooter by Chris Lynch is a book about four really good friends Rudi, Ivan, Morris and Beck who have known each other since they could remember. They have always made small pacts. Then, they make one pact that makes the other pacts look like small potatoes. When the Vietnam War starts and people start getting drafted they make a pact that says”If any of us gets drafted then we will all join the war.” (Lynch, page 4) Then Rudi gets drafted, so they all volunteer to fight in the war ...more
Javi Jimenez
Javier Jimenez
Period 5

By Chris Lynch
This book is about a guy named Ivan. Ivan’s dream was to be a sniper guy in the army since he was small. Ivan’s dad is retired army guy. His dad had taught Ivan many things about the war and how it feels to shoot their enemies. Ivan’s dream seemed to be very far from becoming real. Until Ivan’s dad had signed up Ivan up for a sniper training. Without Ivan knowing. there were army scouts to scout the best snipers out there. After a few months, Iv
4Fisher R
Ivan, the main character of the book comes to a reality check in Vietnam when the heroic stories he heard of war from his father growing up didn’t exactly pan out the way he had imagined. Ivan grew up with a father who fought in World War II so as one might imagine he had war and fighting pulsing throughout his veins. He was never one to back down from a fight and knew one thing for sure which was he “wants to go to Vietnam” (Pg.14) and that he “should go”. He wanted nothing more than to experi ...more
May 08, 2013 121jake rated it really liked it
This book was really good. I enjoyed it and finished it in six days, so it is not avery long book. I reccomend this book for people who like adventure books and war books.

The book Sharpshooter is the sequal to the first book I Pledge Allegience. There are four main characters in this story. Morris, Beck, Rudi, and tough guy Ivan. Ivan is the main character in this book. He is the son of a WWII war hero, so he has a lot expected of him. Ivan goes into the Marines while his friends go into differe
Jeff Barber
Apr 03, 2013 Jeff Barber rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I did enjoy this book, short as it was. Enough that I have already started the next in the series.
Each book in this four part series follows one of a tight-knit group of four friends, Morris, Ivan, Rudie, and Beck. This, book 2, sees Ivan (the tough guy of the group) leaping into the Vietnam war with gusto. The son of a WWII hero, and descendant of many other historical warriors, Ivan feels like he is built for war, and is actually happy to get a chance to kill some enemies for God and country.
Nov 21, 2015 Luisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: older-teens
Vietnam: Sharpshooter by Lynch - This second book in the series is told from the point of view of Ivan, the hothead. The book opens developing the character of Ivan more fully often through his relationship with Rudi, Morris and Beck, the three friends who decided to go to Vietnam together but in separate branches. Ivan is an Army sharpshooter while Morris is in the Navy, Beck the Air Force and Rudi the Marines. Ivan is part Native American and comes from a military family with a father who was ...more
Nov 24, 2014 Ethan rated it it was amazing
Sharpshooter (Vietnam #2) is a historic fiction. Based in the middle of the Vietnam war. Were four high school best friends Ivan, Morris, Beck, Rudi agree to go to fight in the raging war of Vietnam after one of them are drafted into it. This series tells the story in prospective of all the friends. Sharpshooter is based on Ivan's perspective. This Moxie loving boy, son of a WW2 hero, loves the fact that he is joining the fight. He is so confident that he is ready for the war. Ivan enrolls into ...more
Oct 20, 2013 Histteach24 rated it liked it
I started reading this series to suggest books to my students in my Vietnam Era course. As an adult, the reading was too basic and simplistic for my taste. However, I would recommend a student who struggles with reading choose this series for a book study. The author does a great job packing in many important historical facts about the Vietnam Conflict. It had educational value and may be a book a high schooler who does not enjoy reading may very well pick up and finish.
Touches on the life of a
Ethan Chum
Sep 11, 2015 Ethan Chum rated it really liked it
I just read the book Sharpshooter and I liked it.The plot was ok,it's built on the premise of we are American it's our to "duty" to go to war if our country needs us.The thing I liked is the perspective that the story is told.The book is told like a journal of someone's thoughts.You also feel as if your the character and this is your war and life.The character development was good,the character started off a bit irritating but soon matured and saw what it's really like to go to war.To see the ho ...more
Dylan B.
Apr 01, 2015 Dylan B. rated it liked it
Sharpshooter is a good book for kids who like war. This book is about four best friends during Vietnam. Ivan is the only one looking forward to war. Ivan is great at shooting at far ranges. When he gets to Vietnam he gets the opposite of what he expects. While he is there he thinks he is in the army but he travels around on a boat. When Ivan is over in Vietnam he doesn’t feel like a hero like he thought he would. Ivan wants to be like his father but he can’t because he doesn’t feel right over th ...more
Cole B
Dec 14, 2012 Cole B rated it it was amazing
Chris Lynch
Historical Fiction
192 pages

I read the book Sharpshooter. In this book four friends named Ivan, Rudi, Morris, and Beck are living in the 60s when the Vietnam War was occuring. EAch friend promised each other if one got drafted the other will join them. Ivan one of the friends comes from a long-standing military family and is eager to join the fighting.Unfortunately, one of my men fell for the trap; he was shot right in the chest. My favorite part of this book is when their
Nov 26, 2012 Carson rated it it was amazing
Chris Lynch
Historical Fiction
192 pages

I read the book Sharpshooter. In this book four friends named Ivan, Rudi, Morris, and Beck are living in the 60s when the Vietnam War was occuring. They all made a pledge that if one gets drafted the others will join. Then one day when they were hanging out on the hill overlooking the city Rudi came up and yelled that I had been drafted. We all went to the recruiting center and signed up. Ivan was put on the river boat force and was there through
Weston Graham
Sep 02, 2014 Weston Graham rated it it was amazing

This is an action packed book about a guy named Ivan whose friend Rudi was drafted for the Military. So his other friends and him joined the Military to fight in the Vietnam War. Ivan was put into the U.S. army, and is a sniper. But Vietnam was not the war he was expecting. After the firefights and battles Ivan is forced to face what he is really fighting for.

I really loved this book, sometimes you find a really good book that has the perfect amount of action and adventure and you can't take
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Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award-winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including KILL SWITCH, ANGRY YOUNG MAN, and INEXCUSABLE, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews. He is also the author of FREEWILL, GOLD DUST, ICEMAN, GYPSY DAVY, and SHADOWBOXER, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults; EXTREME ELVIN WHITECHURCH, and ALL THE ...more
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