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Chris Lynch - Casualties of War

Casualties of War

Author: Chris Lynch

  • AGES 10 - 14 
  • Genre Historical Fiction

Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck are best friends for life. So when one of the teens is drafted into the Vietnam War, the others sign up, too. Although they each serve in a different branch, they are fighting the war together and they promise to do all they can to come home together.

Of the four, it's Beck that has the most to lose. He's the smart one of the bunch, and he could be, should be, going to college. His parents certainly think so. But he has a pact to honor, and so Beck enlists in the US Air Force, where he's able to work as a mechanic, learning about planes and choppers and supersonic jets. He's also able to view the war from above, where he can admire the savage beauty of the jungle at a distance.

Beck thinks he has it all figured out. But when his tour of duty takes a turn for the worse, one thing becomes clear: Beck still has a lot to learn about war, and about friendship, too. As the war itself spirals further out of control, the four best friends are at last on a collision course. Will they all survive long enough to be reunited?

"The best Vietnam War novels yet for this age range." - KIRKUS REVIEWS



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