Now an old man, John is haunted by memories of enlisting to fight in the WWII, a decision that forced him to face the horrors of war and changed his life forever.
John Dante is seventeen when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, and he wants to fight for his country. But then he falls head over heels for Ginny Burton, who is against all war, and his beliefs are suddenly questioned. Rather than be judged a traitor or a coward, though, John enlists--a decision that changes his life forever.
Includes a reader's guide and an inverview with the author.
[star]"Wonderfully spare language and imagery . . . poignant."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
[star]"Tantalizing. . . Rylant writes with passion and hearbreaking honesty."--The New York Times Book Review (starred review)
[star]"Heartbreaking . . . Not to be missed."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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