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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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Sarah K
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was good in the beginning but ended very poorly. I wish something big happened at the end and was a little more interesting. Overall it was not that good. However I thought it was well written!!
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
It was a okay book. It was very dull book it was not interesting at all.
Hannah Crabtree
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I agree with Keann and Sarah, I did like the beginning and how it was written, but the last two or so chapters it started to get boring. I didn't really like the ending. overall, the book was pretty good.
Andrew Munroe
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book that much because it was like any other military story and the plot was confusing.
Richie Partington
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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,
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I thought this book was okay. I do wish it ended a little bit better, but in all it was okay.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is an amazing book. Morris, the main character of the book, is in the United States Navy during the Vietnam war on the ship called the U.S.S Boston. I've always been the kind of kid who loves war books and articles. After I read the book American Sniper by Chris Kyle I really wanted to join Military because you could feel the pride he had in his country. This book I Pledge Allegiance by Chris Lynch really hit me hard and made me love my country and armed forces even more. I like how th ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
“I Pledge Allegiance” was written by Chris Lynch. The story is about 4 boys, Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck. They had a normal life until one of them got drafted to the Vietnam war, so they all signed up so they don’t have to split up. After they all sign up they go to Vietnam to fight. They do get split up into different branches of the military but they send letters to keep in touch.
The book is not a long book but is still worth reading if you like action and war, because there is a lot of that
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Patrick Zerrudo
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I Pledge Allegiance is the story that follows Morris as he struggles in the battle of Vietnam. The story starts off with him and his group of friends, Ivan, Beck, and Rudi, barely in high school when Rudi is drafted into the military. The gang tries to support Rudi through this tough time as they were always there for each other. Ivan comes to the conclusion that they will all have to join the military if they wanted to stay together. The group agrees and is sent off. We see Morris, now in the n ...more
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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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