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All the Broken Pieces

All the Broken Pieces

by Ann E. Burg

Two years after being airlifted out of war-torn Vietnam, Matt Pin is haunted: by bombs that fell like dead crows, by smoke and death, by the brother — and the terrible secret — he left behind. Now in a loving adoptive home in the United States, over the course of a baseball season, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past, and slowly, sometimes painfully, heal.

By turns harrowing, dreamlike, sad, and triumphant, this searing novel in verse reveals an unforgettable and little-seen perspective on the Vietnam War and its survivors.

Ages
11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 7 - 9
Grade Level Equivalent
5.2
Lexile Measure
680L
DRA
60
Guided Reading
Y
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
240
Genre
Verse Novel, Historical Fiction

About the Author

Ann E. Burg Ann Burg was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to New Jersey when she was in the third grade. Her earliest book, bound in brown construction paper and red yarn, was entitled Pomes and contained short but memorable stanzas dedicated to her baby brother and her favorite doll. An English teacher for more than 10 years, Ann pursued her interest in writing throughout her teaching career and had several articles published in newspapers throughout New York and New Jersey.

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