Casualties of War (Vietnam Series #4) [NOOK Book]

Overview

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

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 ...
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Overview

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

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?
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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Vietnam #1: I Pledge Allegiance:

"With a fine balance of thoughtfulness and gritty action, this initial series entry should readily attract a host of loyal fans." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Lynch offers something valuable: a very good war novel for a preteen and middle-school audience, with enough violence to be an honest portrayal of war, but without the sex and rough language that often keep such novels out of the hands of a ready audience. . . . Young readers will eagerly anticipate future installments in the series." - Kirkus Reviews

"It looks like a war book, reads like a war book, and it makes you wonder how you would have acted in those situations. . . . Recommended." - Library Media Connection

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545520249
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: Vietnam Series , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 105,895
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Great Book

    Great series in general, BUT Y U HAVE 2 KILL RUDI!!?? HE WAS JUST GETTING AWESOME AND BAD AT THE SAME TIME!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Great book

    I would say this a very good book. But why kill rudi!? He was getting a little messed up though

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Ok

    It was great, but the end stunk

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Good book

    Great book but worst ending ever!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Answer

    It was Ivan because it was a sniper. If it was Ivan then they wouldnt see him. Plus Ivan was getting pretty mad.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Confused (only people who read it plz reaspond)

    Did Ivan kill Rudy at the end?????????? Because it seems like he did but im nit to sure. Please reaspond to confusef. Thank you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Best Ever!!

    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

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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