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Purple Heart

by Patricia Mccormick

Harpercollins Publishers | August 24, 2009 | Hardcover

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When Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital in Iraq, he's honored with a Purple Heart. But he doesn't feel like a hero.

There's a memory that haunts him: an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits his chest. Matt can't shake the feeling that he was somehow involved in his death. But because of a head injury he sustained just moments after the boy was shot, Matt can't quite put all the pieces together.

Eventually Matt is sent back into combat with his squadâ€"Justin, Wolf, and Charleneâ€"the soldiers who have become his family during his time in Iraq. He just wants to go back to being the soldier he once was. But he sees potential threats everywhere and lives in fear of not being able to pull the trigger when the time comes. In combat there is no black-and-white, and Matt soon discovers that the notion of who is guilty is very complicated indeed.

National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick has written a visceral and compelling portrait of life in a war zone, where loyalty is valued above all, and death is terrifyingly commonplace.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 pages, 3.35 × 2.28 × 0.31 in

Published: August 24, 2009

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061730904

ISBN - 13: 9780061730900

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Purple Heart

by Patricia Mccormick

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 pages, 3.35 × 2.28 × 0.31 in

Published: August 24, 2009

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061730904

ISBN - 13: 9780061730900

About the Book

When Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital, he's haunted by an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits his chest. Matt can't shake the feeling that he is somehow involved in the boy's death, but because of his own head injury, he struggles to put all the pieces together.

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When Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital in Iraq, he's honored with a Purple Heart. But he doesn't feel like a hero.

There's a memory that haunts him: an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits his chest. Matt can't shake the feeling that he was somehow involved in his death. But because of a head injury he sustained just moments after the boy was shot, Matt can't quite put all the pieces together.

Eventually Matt is sent back into combat with his squadâ€"Justin, Wolf, and Charleneâ€"the soldiers who have become his family during his time in Iraq. He just wants to go back to being the soldier he once was. But he sees potential threats everywhere and lives in fear of not being able to pull the trigger when the time comes. In combat there is no black-and-white, and Matt soon discovers that the notion of who is guilty is very complicated indeed.

National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick has written a visceral and compelling portrait of life in a war zone, where loyalty is valued above all, and death is terrifyingly commonplace.

About the Author

Patricia McCormick is a former journalist who has won much acclaim for her compassionate approach to hard-hitting subjects. To research Purple Heart, she traveled all around the country interviewing soldiers as well as the families of soldiers who went to Iraq and never returned.

Patricia is also the author of the National Book Award Finalist Sold and the bestseller Cut. She lives in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

“Gripping details of existence in a war zone bring this to life.” (ALA Booklist)

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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