professornana (professornana) wrote,
professornana
professornana

  • Location:
  • Mood:

heavy medal



PURPLE HEART by Patricia McCormich (HarperCollins, September 2009) is a slice of life story of a young man stationed in Iraq. As the novel opens, Matt is in the hospital. He was injured by an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) fired in the middle of a street fight. Matt has little memory of what happened before this event due to head trauma. He does have these flashes, though, of a young Iraqi boy (is it Ali?) flying through the air. Matt's injuries do begin to heel to some extent. He is weak and still has some trouble with speech (words escape him from time to time). What is bothering him more than the physical effects, however, are the psychological effects of the street attack and the war he and his fellow soldiers are fighting.

McCormick has to walk a fine line here in order for the book not to fall into an anti-war diatribe. Matt is a young man whose feelings are conflicted. It is through his eyes that readers see the situation in Iraq and understand that there are no easy answers and that guilt and innocence are concepts that do always apply readily in the middle of battle.
Tags: iraq, war, ya books
Subscribe

  • And the ALAYMA go to...

    I was up early this morning, so I could set up the computer for the live webcast of the ALA Youth Media Awards. After I did that, I joined in an…

  • ending with a bang not a whimper

    My final duty as outgoing chair of the 2013 Odyssey Committee was to host the awards ceremony yesterday. Before the ceremony, the audio publishers…

  • shooting ourselves in the foot

    Today at ALA in Chicago, the teens came to talk books to the BFYA Committee. There will be some teens attending other functions here as well. Most…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment