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Back to Bataan

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  21 reviews
New York City, 1943. War is raging in Europe and the Pacific, while Jack Dalton is stuck attending Dutch Masters Day School. What Jack really wants is to enlist in the army, to fight...

Everything changes when Coco, Jack's "fiancee," throws him over for one of his classmates. Jack sees red and does something drastic. Then he runs away. Hiding out in a nearby park, Jack join
Published July 1st 2012 by Tribute Books (first published January 1st 1992)
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Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
This is the story of Jack, a lonely 11 year old boy. To begin with, he is the only scholarship student at the Dutch Masters Day School, for which he must deal with some mean-spirited boys despite being top in his class. His mother is away most of the time, working for the war effort and trying to cope with being left alone to care for things on the home front. Poor Jack has also been having a hard time trying to cope with the loss of his father at the Battle of Bataan. And so, Jack decides the t ...more
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Three stars: A snap shot of a young boy's life during World War II.

Back to Bataan is a hard book for me to review.  Mostly because it is such a different type of book that probably won't appeal to readers expecting a traditional YA book.  I personally enjoyed this book because it was different and it provided me a glimpse into what life was like for young kids during the war era.  I am always intrigued by books that pertain to this time period because I like to envision what the world was like w
Tia Bach
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Eleven is such a young age to be so grown up, but that's exactly what Jack Dalton is. He's wise beyond his years, fiercely loyal, and determined to figure it all out. Jack's the product of too much loss in a short time, starting with the death of his father. His mother, desperate to give her son every chance, isn't around like she would like.

When Jack loses his girlfriend, who he calls his fiancee, he gives into the pain and loss and lets his emotions rule. Then, in fear of the repercussions, he
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This book surprised me, not only was I not expecting it to be told from a young boy's perceptive but I also wasn't counting on it being such an endearing read.

Jack is an eleven year old boy that wants nothing more than to join the war. A war that took away his father and has changed his life forever.

I really liked Jack's voice. There was something so innocent about him.

I really love books that take place during the second world war. I love learning about that part of our history and Charyn not
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-must-reads
I would like to Thank Tribute Books for allowing me to be on this tour. I have to say I am a history buff and I love historical books. The way Jerome describes the era had me sitting right there like I was living it. WWII was a rough time for people because soldiers were dying left and right. Plus there was a shortage of food and money. Things were looking very bleak and the only thing a man could do was go to war and fight for his country.

Jack Dalton was one who wanted to be off fighting in the
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it

A world of grey. Jack is a child who is a scholarship student, is being raised by a single mother, and is haunted by his father's death in the war. Jack despite his young age (11 years old) takes on the world on himself during a very confusing time in history. When his 'fiance' and him have a rocky path it doesn't help him feel like there are people for him. Jack feels alone in the world and different from all others in his life. Back to Bataan is a coming of age story during a busy time in h
Lenore Webb
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Last night we managed to settle the kiddos down and I grabbed me a cool bath. I zipped up my e-reader into a large zip lock bag so I could read my latest Jerome Charyn book, Back to Bataan. As Jerome always does to me, I was transfered to another time and place. I really liked how the story line shows you that small things can sway the decisions you make in life. And in doing so you often have to make big sacrifices to correct the path your on.

Now the story Back to Bataan was released in 1993 a
Lenore Webb
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Jerome always does to me, I was transfered to another time and place. I really liked how the story line shows you that small things can sway the decisions you make in life. And in doing so you often have to make big sacrifices to correct the path your on. The story line is as relevant today as it was 19 years ago.
Lenore Riegel
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
MY first YA book read since I became an OYA (old young adult) and I read it because I am a huge Jerome Charyn fan. Now I'm a huge YA fan. There's something about a YA book that makes you feel timeless.
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
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Our main character Jack just lost his father and he wants to go to war even though he is 11 years old. He is obsessed with war and history. He even already has his fiancee planned out. But after losing her to a rich spoiled kid and feeling like he has lost everything, he makes a big mistake. Jack ends up meeting a man and his group who he thought were good people, but he soon finds out that
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jack Dalton has always been a lively little boy. He lives in New York City with his mother and has a fiancée he adores like there's no tomorrow. Yet there's something within his life that he misses the most. His father has died within the raging war between Europe and the Pacific. He wants to follow in his father's footsteps, but no one will take a chance on an eleven-year-old little boy. Never-the-less, he's determined to try and change things for the better.

When a school assignment turns his l
Ruth Hill
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, e-books
I will say something about this book that I often don't say about books--especially books that are this short. This book honestly could not have been improved upon! I abslutely loved it! From the first page to the last, it was exactly what a "tween"/young adult historical fiction book should be. The characters were well-developed, and the story was believable. The characters had their flaws, and it made them seem that much more realistic. There were no sex scenes (yay!) and no profanity (yay!). ...more
Sandra (Waiting For Wentworth)
Back To Bataan is a coming of age story set in New York City during World War II. It is very well written, but also very simple in style, which makes it an easy read. I found the setting to be very real, mostly due to the time frame in which the story takes place.

I enjoyed the wide variety of characters that are in Back To Bataan. There are good guys, bad guys, a benefactor that I couldn't figure out, and a love interest that was way too fickle.

The protagonist, Jack, while not relatable to me
Sky Rose Reviews
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is so awesome it makes me wonder why it is not a lot more famous. The writing is flawless and I fell in love with Jack's character. He is amazingly more mature and interesting at 11 than most YA protagonists.

The story is about 11 year old Jack Dalton, he is the resident scholarship kid at Dutch Masters Day school, so naturally he gets the stick from his wealthy classmates and when his girlfriend breaks up with him for a the rich boy Alfredo Jack does something stupid to hurt Alfredo's
Cecilia (rather barefoot than bookless)
When I began reading this book I was thinking that this book was not all that good. But then I started to realize that I was looking at it all wrong. This book was not what I thought it would be. It was not the usual YA that I usually read and so it would be wrong to judge it by that. So I changed my "glasses" and started over and what I found was actually really good. This book is more of a serious historical young adult and it is a book who will leave you in thought. I actually think this book ...more
Dawn Vanniman
Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

BACK TO BATAAN is a coming of age story, set in New York City during WWII. The main character, Jack, is only eleven years old. From the cover I expected him to be a full-fledged teenager and so was understandably confused by the language in the story. Once I realized that he was only eleven, the story made more sense.

Jack attends a private school on scholarship. His father died in the war and his mother works at a parachut
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I really didn't enjoy this book. I was expecting so much more after reading the synopsis.

This book is not a YA book so much as it is a middle grade book. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy middle grade books but this book just really fell flat and was not intriguing at all. For the most part, the sentences were short and choppy and the story just didn't flow that well in my opinion.

I could not connect with Jack, who is eleven and in grade school during this short story (about 80
Sandra Stiles
This is one of those stories that stays with the reader long after they have read it. It is very well written. We get to look through the eyes of a young man who has lost his father to the war. He is like many who lose their way only to find it in a strange turn of events. I look forward to putting this on my shelves at school. It will give my students a look at life during the 1940’s for children of that time. There are so many lessons to be learned through this book. There is so much they can ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Back to Bataan by Jerome Charyn is a young adult story that takes place in New York 1943 where an 11 year old boy has lost his father in the war. A sneak peek if you will in the life of a young boy who desperately wants to join the army but he is too young to do so. We learn about his peers at the school, the bullying he takes at times, and his experiences when he runs away for a week and lives with the hobos along the railroads, and how he redeems himself not only to his girlfriend, his peers b ...more
Gina's Library
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I read this book for a book tour for Tribute Books. This book is a quick read, I read it in a day.

I found myself feeling bad for the main character Jack. He is such a young child trying to deal with things in a grown up way.

Jack doesn't realize that no matter what he's doing in his young life, good or bad, he has someone looking out for him. It's this person behind the scenes that really help Jack to succeed.

I think Jack needs a father figure in his life. If he had that, he'd be able to contro
Jessie Harrell
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a good book for a MG period piece, but it was not YA as the cover (and description) leads you to believe.
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Jerome Charyn is an award-winning American author. With more than 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon calls him "one of the most important writers in American literature." New York Newsday hailed Charyn as "a contemporary American Balzac," and the L
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