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A Place Called Heartbreak: A Story of Vietnam

A Place Called Heartbreak: A Story of Vietnam

by Walter Dean Myers, Walter Dean Myers, Frederick Porter (Illustrator)

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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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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Steck-Vaughn Stories of America Series
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 0.20(h) x (d)
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014) was an American writer of children’s books best known for young adult literature. He wrote more than one hundred books including picture books and nonfiction, and was best known for young adult literature. His best known works include Fallen Angels, Hoops, The Scorpion, and Monster, which was the inaugural winner of the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. On July 1, 2014, Myers passed away after a brief illness.

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