Walter Dean Myers brilliantly renders the realities of World War II. Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry are on their way to an uncertain future. Their whole lives are ahead of them, yet at the same time, death's whisper is everywhere. One white, one black, these young men have nothing in common and everything in common as they approach an experience that will change them forever. It's May 1944. World War II is ramping up, and so are these young recruits, ready and eager. In small towns and big cities all over the globe, people are filled with fear. When Josiah and Marcus come together in what will be the greatest test of their lives, they learn hard lessons about race, friendship, and what it really means to fight. Set on the front lines of the Normandy invasion, this novel, rendered with heart-in-the-throat precision, is a cinematic masterpiece. Here we see the bold terror of war, and also the nuanced havoc that affects a young person's psyche while living in a barrack, not knowing if today he will end up dead or alive.
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by Walter Dean Myers
by Walter Dean Myers, Ross Workman
"Nick Cordero narrates this story about Josiah Wedgewood, a soldier on the front lines of the Normandy invasion during WWII. CorderoÕs tone of weariness and resignation reflects JosiahÕs mental state as he does what he has to do to survive amid the horror. Cordero doesnÕt create distinct voices for the different soldiers Josiah fights alongside, and it becomes difficult to distinguish between them from time to time. But the other characters donÕt matter as much as Josiah himself and how violence and death numb him and narrow his focus to the things most important to himÑsurvival, safety, food, and home. This is a taut and moving look at the cost of war. A.F. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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