A Place Called Heartbreak: A Story of Vietnam

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-- In a book that reads more like a novel than nonfiction, Myers tells the story of Col. Fred V. Cherry, U.S.A.F. (Ret.), who was a prisoner of the North Vietnamese from Oct. 22, 1965-Feb. 12, 1973. He relates how Cherry, an African American, overcame obstacles during his youth to attend college and fulfill his boyhood dream of becoming an Air Force fighter pilot. It was on a mission from Thailand to North Vietnam that squadron leader Cherry was shot down, thus becoming the first black pilot to become a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. His experiences there, as well as some background information and his present feelings about the Vietnam War, are presented in well-organized hi/lo prose; this is accomplished without oversimplification or generalizations. Myers indicates in the notes that he had extensive interviews with his subject; it is likely that these were the source of the dialogue and his internal thoughts. In any event, they ring true and contribute greatly to holding readers' interest. Several well-rendered full-page line illustrations augment and illuminate the text. Unfortunately, there is no index. --David A. Lindsey, Lakewood Junior/Senior High School, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811480772
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: Steck-Vaughn Stories of America Series
  • Edition number: 1993
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.22 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003


    This was a great novel. I really liked how walter dean myers portrayed this book.He captured the pilots hard journey in vietnam. walter dean myers writes another highly commendable book

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