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Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick
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Jun 16, 2011

really liked it
Read in June, 2011

Good addition to the SCYABA list. It should inspire thoughtful essays and discussions about war and Iraq and camaraderie. Books about war are always so tragic because of the loss of life and the toll the experiences take on the individuals who survive. War is a huge part of our world, though, and experiencing it through literature is at least one way to understand the conflicts.
The author did a good job with her research into the minds of the American soldiers. She was neither for or against war but presented the violence and death and mortality from a very human perspective. The Iraqi people were presented as "them" and as "those people," but the story was not intended to get inside the heads of the Iraqis. Leave that for another, longer, book.

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