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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 d ...more
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Published April 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press (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
Ms. Yingling
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dylan B.
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
Donovan, R
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
Weston Graham

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
T Behme
Vietnam, by Chris Lynch is a outstanding book, that helps you image what's going on with great detail on every single thing that happens through out the book. I give this book four stars, due to the chapters being confusing. The books chapters were numbered and all, but after about four chapters it says part two. This is a fictional book, that is very detailed, and is well made. Vietnam has many twists, turns, and cliff hangers that made me want to read longer. Vietnam, overall should get five ...more
Sam Harrison
I throughly enjoyed this story. It is about four friends and each of their adventures in their respective military branch. I had read the first one a year ago but just started reading this and. I found it was a pretty entertaining story. Vietnam was a pretty cool & crazy war. The main character is Ivan an Army Sniper. It talks about his fathers military background and his love for fighting and lust for killing. It is worth reading.

If you're into the Vietnam war I'd give this a shot.

Btw I wa
The Book Sharpshooter by Chris Lynch is a very realistic novel about the Vietnam war. The main character, Ivan, is the only one out of his three other friends who has never backed out of a fight. Ivan has strong beliefs on fighting in the Vietnam war for not only fighting for his country but also to follow in his fathers footsteps. Ivan is an army sniper who is very good at what he does but he soon realizes his thoughts about the war were completely wrong and finds himself questioning why he's r ...more
Jeff Barber
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.
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
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
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
I thought this book was a great read for many reasons. The first reason is how the book grabs you and it gives you the sense you are actually in the book with them feeling what they are seeing what they are. It is just a grabbing book and a great read for anyone. Especially with you like to read about people in war. It is a captivating book and a good plot. So all together this book is a great read.
Trenton Keafer
I think that this book is ok but not as good as the first one. It doesn't go in to as much detail as the first. Also I caught my self trying to skip paragraphs that were boring to me. The thing about this series is that transitions from then to now are hard to see. ex. Ivan is going to fight and then flashbacks to his friends and him and I thought they saw each other in the war. But other than that an ok book. Also I'm not finishing the 3rd book it bored me.
Growing up in America, 4 boys wanted to go the war in Vietnam. But then the boys all work in different branches in the army. So they pledged to each other that they would watch over each other in the different branches that they operated in. Then the boys realize that the war was not what they had expected it to be like.
This is the exciting sequel to I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE.Ivan Bucyk has joined the Army.Just like his dad,a former Captain.Except his dad was in WW2 and this is VIETNAM,and boy are they a whole lot different.Ivan becomes a sniper,and gains the rank of Corporal.Can he survive?
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
Cole B
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
Zachary Palmer
There I was all alone just me and my semiauto rifle sitting alone at the top of a market waiting for the perfect shot. Then here comes a man with a ski mask on and a white tangtop running acrose the street into the barber shop waiting for my men to come and chase them. 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 squad is taking heavy fire from choppers 100 feet away.

What I didn't like about the book is that their wa
Seth Bickford
I think the authors purpose is to entertain and to teach because the book tells you things about the war and you can see what its sort of like in the eyes of being in the army.
Jackson Such
Stella Sperzel
I really Love this series of books by Chris Lynch. He makes the Vietnam War come to life. I grew up watching the body count on TV. It was really sad to see all of the young men (really just barely boys of 18) being sent off to a war they knew nothing about. We lost and a lot of really great men and women in this futile (Conflict)!!!!



V. It was never ending. Chris makes the series of books really easy to follow our four friends.1
Kyle H
After about two weeks of reading book two (sharpshooter) I have many thoughts on it. This book is about the war and I would recommend it for the people who like war books. In this book their are 4 main characters. The characters names are Ivan,Rudi,Beck,and Morris. Ivan is the only one that is looking forward to the war. He is looking forward to it because he has never lost in a fight. When he gets there he did not expect to enter a war like Vietnam. Overall I give this book a 4 out of 5 star ra ...more
A good book. There are some graphic portions so I wouldn't encourage children under 12 to read this book.
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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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