Grades 7 - 9
Grade level Equivalent: 5.2
Lexile Measure®: HL680L
Guided Reading: Y
- Verse Novel
- Historical Fiction
- Bullying Experiences
- Immigration and Assimilation Experiences
- Vietnamese and Vietnamese American
- Vietnam War
- Prejudice and Tolerance Experiences
About This Book
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.