Another wonderful recommendation from Linda.
set in early Vietnam era
young boy struggling with jr. high, family issues bonds with a reluctant teacher.
poignant, funny, and full of great writing
excellent for modeling snippets even to younger children:
A moment in time: "I love the sound of a brand new bottle of Coke when you pry the lid off and it starts to fizz. Whenever I hear that sound, I think of roses, and of sitting together with someone you care about, and of Romeo and Juliet waking up somewhere and saying to each other, Weren't we jerks? And then having all that be over."
A MUST read for for those of us who love children's literature.