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Summer's End

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The summer Grace turns thirteen is when everything changes. The Vietnam War is raging, and Grace’s brother, Collin, is drafted. But Collin decides to take a stand and burn his draft card, igniting a war within the family. Grace suddenly finds herself bewildered and angry, thrust into a turbulent political climate. The war is everywhere, and Grace quickly learns that she ca ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Speak (first published 2005)
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Erin Mash
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy reading historical fiction books which this one is. It is about a 13 year old girl who's brother was drafted into the Vietnam War. Her brother burns his draft card starting an outrage with his family. Grace tries to escape the war however it is everywhere and she can't avoid it. Although there were parts that I couldn't understand, I really liked the overall story in this book. It was a bit boring at times but I really liked it once it picked up.
Mr. Steve
Apr 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
One of my absolute favorite historical fiction books EVER! Dealing with family differences about the Vietnam War, the book is realistically told by a 12 year old girl who is stuck in the middle and doesn't know what to think about it.

We voted for it to be on the Nutmeg list this year, but it is out of print in many places so we had to replace it. :(
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a child's book. I read it because I am a teacher and I am always looking for books to give to my low level readers that will keep their interest. This was a Newbery Honor Award Winner so I thought I'd give it a try. Let me just say, that just because it was a kid's book doesn't mean it should bore the eyes out of me. I think the story was basically good and chapter lengths were good for readers who are challenged. But it sort of lagged in the middle. The last thing I want a book to do fo ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Grace is about thirteen years of age, and she has an older brother named Collin.

It's also the time of the Vietnam war and the massacre at Kent State. Collin has burned his draft card, and it's possible he might go to Canada to escape being drafted. The book is about the effect his decision has on the family. Collin's father is extremely angry at what Collin has done. There have been other boys in the neighborhood who have gone and been injured, gone and been lost, and gone to Canada.

The father
Jessie Aljets
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it

The fourth book I read is called summer's end by Audrey Couloumbus. It is a historical fiction. It is about a girl named Grace who changes her views on her brother Collin. Collin was her older brother who did not want to go into military service and was against the war and Grace's father learned Collin burned his draft card and left to Canada. Grace was stuck between trying to pick sides between her mother and father. She later then discovers that right or wrong she will still love her brother
Nov 06, 2007 rated it liked it
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When an older brother leaves for Canada instead of going to Vietnam, what happens to the family he leaves behind?
Feb 28, 2009 added it
this is a very good book. It includes a lot of descripition. Grace turns thirteen and everything changes for her. The Vietnam war is getting closer and Grace's brother Collin is drafted.
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