by Alan Gratz
  • Item #36T6 in TAB February TAB February
    • Grades: 6 - 12
    • Ages: 12 - and up
    • Format: Paperback Book
      Paperback Book
Short Summary
In 1945, a boy in the Japanese army and an American Marine each fight their way across the island of Okinawa, destined to come face-to-face in battle.

Good For:
New York Times Bestseller, World War II Enthusiasts, High-Stakes Historical Fiction, Dual Narrators Who Capture the Pulse-Pounding Action of Combat

Topics and Themes:
World War II, Okinawa, Marines, Ambushes, Booby Traps, Courage and Sacrifice, the Brutality of War, Trauma and Recovery
Some mature content.

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Hideki lives on the island of Okinawa, near Japan. When WWII crashes onto his shores, Hideki is drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps to fight for the Japanese army. He is handed a grenade and a set of instructions: “Don’t come back until you’ve killed an American soldier.”

Ray, a young American Marine, has just landed on Okinawa. He doesn’t know what to expect—or if he’ll make it out alive. He just knows that the enemy is everywhere.

Hideki and Ray each fight their way across the island, surviving heart-pounding ambushes and dangerous traps. But when the two of them collide in the middle of the battle, the choices they make in that instant will change everything.

From the acclaimed author of Refugee comes this high-octane story of how fear can tear us apart and how hope can tie us back together.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 6 - 12
    • Ages: 12 - and up
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-61204-2