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All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
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Oct 16, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: yahistoricalfiction
Read in October, 2010

I've never read a young adult book about a topic even similar to this.

The main character and narrator, Matt, was one of the oldest children airlifted out of Saigon when the Vietnam War was ending. He is the son of Vietnamese woman and an America GI. He was 10 when he left, and in the book he is 12 or 13. He is plagued with nightmares and memories about his mother and brother left behind in Vietnam. His caring adoptive family finds ways to help him deal with his troubled past. Matt is an excellent pitcher, and does well on his school's team, but he is bullied by another teammate who find Matt's presence on the team and in the world reprehensible.

The novel is in verse, so it is a easy read. It's a tear jerker, but the boy narrator with the sports spin makes this more appealing for boys. I enjoyed it and will definitely recommend it.

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