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Casualties of War (Vietnam Series #4)
     

Casualties of War (Vietnam Series #4)

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by Chris Lynch
 

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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

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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.

As their tours of duty near completion and 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?

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Chris Lynch's World War II series:

• "An expertly crafted war story with fluid prose, bleak humor, careful attention to historic detail, and a view of 'The Good War' worth pondering." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"All the sizzle, chaos, noise and scariness of war is clay in the hands of ace storyteller Lynch." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Though aimed at younger readers, Lynch doesn't write down, instead offering a powerful taste of war on a personal level." -- Publishers Weekly

Praise for Chris Lynch's Vietnam series:

"The best Vietnam War novels yet for this age range." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Lynch brilliantly captures the war in small details." -- Booklist

"A fine balance of thoughtfulness and gritty action." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Kirkus Reviews
Lynch's Vietnam War series concludes with the final narrative of four friends caught in the chaos of war. Morris, Ivan and Rudi have told their stories; it's Beck's turn. Beck, now in the Air Force, was always the smart one, the one bound for college. Upon discovering Beck's plan to enlist, his father had said, "The universe has better plans for you." And in Vietnam, Beck does feel as if he has "just been handed the keys to the universe itself." He is, literally, above it all, as he watches the war from on high in his C-123 aircraft, his goal somehow to not kill anyone as he defoliates forests with Agent Orange. He finds the countryside gorgeous and rues the "danger and destruction in all its variety and in every direction." Beck's hope is that when the friends get back together, no matter what else has happened, "the universe will tilt back where it belongs." This volume lacks the sharp character development and pacing of its predecessors, as much of the narrative concerns all four players and how to contrive the requisite reunion. When it does occur, it brings disastrous results and an abrupt ending to the series. An excellent war saga that will leave readers feeling they have been through something monumental. (Historical fiction. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545270236
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Series:
Vietnam Series , #4
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


Chris Lynch is the author of numerous acclaimed books for middle-grade and teen readers, including the Cyberia series and the National Book Award finalist INEXCUSABLE. He teaches in the Lesley University creative writing MFA program, and divides his time between Massachusetts and Scotland.

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Casualties of War 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series in general, BUT Y U HAVE 2 KILL RUDI!!?? HE WAS JUST GETTING AWESOME AND BAD AT THE SAME TIME!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great, but the end stunk
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book but worst ending ever!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
QUESTIIN PLEASE ANSWER QUICK Did Ivan KILL Rudi?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks so much! I think he wrote book 5 in this series csnt wait to see their reactions
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would say this a very good book. But why kill rudi!? He was getting a little messed up though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was Ivan because it was a sniper. If it was Ivan then they wouldnt see him. Plus Ivan was getting pretty mad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing story, just like the rest of the series. Its a little sad and weird but over all you wont be able to put it down