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 squad--Justin, Wolf, and Charlene--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.
Level 5.1, 6 Points
|Grouped Work ID||b8ee0444-8bef-9e9b-b869-23054cb52b53|
|Grouping Title||purple heart|
|Grouping Author||mccormick patricia|
|Last Grouping Update||2020-01-01 23:21:35PM|
|Last Indexed||2020-05-28 00:56:55AM|
|author||McCormick, Patricia, 1956-|
MLK Jr. Magnet
Antioch High - Teen Fiction
Hillwood High - Teen Fiction
MLK Jr. Magnet - Teen Fiction
Maplewood High - Teen Fiction
McMurray Middle - Teen Fiction
Pearl-Cohn High - Teen Fiction
|display_description||While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.|
Realistic F MCC
VERSE F MCC
MLK Jr. Magnet
Brain damage -- Fiction
Iraq War, 2003- -- Fiction
Memory -- Fiction
Soldiers -- Fiction
Street children -- Fiction
|title_full||Purple Heart / by Patricia McCormick|
Iraq War, 2003-