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 “Powerful, intense, yet ultimately touching. A gripping read.”—Han Nolan, National Book Award–winning author of Dancing on the Edge

A junior ROTC cadet at North Covington High, J.T. is at war—with himself, his enemies, and his past. But no matter how

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 “Powerful, intense, yet ultimately touching. A gripping read.”—Han Nolan, National Book Award–winning author of Dancing on the Edge

A junior ROTC cadet at North Covington High, J.T. is at war—with himself, his enemies, and his past. But no matter how hard he throws himself into the intense demands of the military program, J. T. is unable to escape the traumas of his life. His father died in Desert Storm. His mother was killed in a car accident that J.T. may have caused. After her death, J.T. was placed in a string of bad foster homes. 

Haunted by self-doubt, J.T. focuses on his latest assignment at school: whip a new group of recruits into shape so his commanding officer, Sergeant Maddox, will be proud. J.T. has to be the best cadet in Covington County so he can win a scholarship to the Citadel. The rigors of training, combined with his unresolved issues from the past, wreak havoc on J.T.’s mind. J.T.’s last hope may be his new foster dad, who is contending with his own violent past.


 

 

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VOYA - Ed Goldberg
Jason Tillman's father died in Desert Storm when Jason was young. His mother died in a car accident, for which he feels responsible, when he was nine. A series of abusive foster homes has transformed weak Jason into J. T., an ROTC squad captain at his high school. J. T.'s daily regimen of exercise and discipline is designed to make him the best, always a winner, so that he will win a scholarship to the Citadel, where his father attended, and ultimately become the kind of soldier that would have made his father proud. A soldier's job, according to J. T., is to protect and serve, so when townie Chris Walker bullies J. T. and his squad and ultimately ruins their ability to win a major ROTC competition, he must be dealt with. Sometimes you must engage the enemy with an offensive strike. Gibson's debut novel is interesting. Written in the first person, J. T.'s language is clipped and short, as you might expect from an officer. The characters—J. T., his squad, the town bullies, and the people in his life who try to help J. T. are realistic. J. T. is so focused on his goal, on being a leader and standing apart from the crowd, he does not recognize how much people care about him. This is a character study, proceeding almost at a leisurely pace, not building up too much steam. The denouement is short and unsatisfying to this reviewer. Tighter writing might have made this book better. It is definitely a "guy" book. Reviewer: Ed Goldberg
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—ROTC cadet J.T. is determined to follow his father's legacy, attend the Citadel, and become the best soldier he can be. He wants to forget the past, when he was the young, vulnerable Jason. His father died in the Gulf War, his mother was killed in an auto accident, and Jason endured horrific abuse in foster homes. Though he now lives with a caring guardian, J.T. is slow to open up or trust. He engages in relentless inner conversations, pushing himself to be tough and disciplined, unlike Jason. He eats and breathes military life, and this interest is reflected throughout (even the chapters have military code-word titles). As ROTC captain, J.T. is determined to whip his squad into fighting shape, and winning the drill competition will help him secure a Citadel scholarship. The plan is jeopardized by a snotty rich kid who relentlessly bullies J.T. until a confrontation is inevitable. The story is told in first person with an odd cadence of clipped sentences and the absence of pronouns. Italicized text denotes flashbacks to traumatic episodes in Jason's life. The plot builds slowly, picks up speed, and then falls flat with an ending that will leave readers confused. It seems that Pickens, a cadet in J.T.'s squad with whom he has had numerous interactions and conversations, is imaginary. There isn't enough in the narrative to suggest that these contacts are delusional. Instead of delivering an "aha" moment, this plot contrivance turns the story on end and makes it all seem implausible.—Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738725925
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date:
09/08/2010
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
360
File size:
546 KB

Meet the Author

A native Mississippian, Heath Gibson, discovered the joy of children’s literature as an adult. Since falling in love with the genre, he has used the unique landscape, people, and voices of the South to fuel his writing. He holds an MFA in children’s literature from Hollins University, a bachelor’s degree in communication from Mississippi State University, and a degree in English education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Currently, Gibson teaches English at a high school in Atlanta. He is the author of Gigged and Burn, both published by Flux. Visit him online at HeathGibson.com.


A native Mississippian, Heath Gibson, discovered the joy of children’s literature as an adult. Since falling in love with the genre, he has used the unique landscape, people, and voices of the South to fuel his writing. He holds an MFA in children’s literature from Hollins University, a bachelor’s degree in communication from Mississippi State University, and a degree in English education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Currently, Gibson teaches English at a high school in Atlanta. He is the author of Gigged and Burn, both published by Flux. Visit him online at HeathGibson.com.

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I finished up the magic trick i was showing. I stopped to get a drink of water. Man was I thirsty... I brushed my long black hair out my face. As I cleaned up, i watched a mother walk up to a child and hit him on the mouth. My fingers started to tingle... oh no, flashback! <p> I was six again. I walked up the sement stairs to the third floor of our apartment building. When i got to the top I unlocked door C7 and went inside. It was normal. Clothes thrown everywhere... dishes piled high in the sink... broken pieces of glass on the ground. Mom was asleep on the couch. I tipptoed into my room and shut the door. I plopped down on my bed and immedtely fell asleep. <p> I woke up to: "Come here snausages!" And a searing pain in my foot. I looked down at it to find my foot was mising my last three toes. "HUNTER! COME HERE!" my alaskan husky bounded into my room. My mom scooped my toes up from the carpet and fed them to the dog. I totally freaked out... I started to fight with my mom. She yelled at me fr not getting her any vodka while I yelled everything she ever did wrong. The next few hours were a blur. "Maybe you shouldnt be drunk!" I yelled at my mom. I watched as she picked up a dining chair and broke it over my back. I winced in pain as O felt my back split into 11 cuts. I felt the splinters in them... I ran a ast a I coult to the stairs. I needed to call the police. My fastest wasnt good enough. My mom caught up to me and pushed me down. I tumbled down two flights of stairs. I blacked out. <p> When I woke up, I was face down in a really comfy bed. My back felt stitched up and my foot felt as if it was wrapped in something. I watvhe a doctor as he came in and looked at his clipboard. He said something under his breath to the nurse and walked out... <p> Suddenly I was back on 16th street with a bunch people surrounding me.on man helped me up and said I just collased...
EdNY More than 1 year ago
Jason Tillman's father died in Desert Storm when Jason was young. His mother died in a car accident, for which he feels responsible, when he was nine. A series of abusive foster homes has transformed weak Jason into J.T., an ROTC squad captain at his high school. J.T.'s daily regimen of exercise and discipline is designed to make him the best, always a winner, so that he will win a scholarship to The Citadel where his father attended and ultimately become the kind of soldier that would have made his father proud. A soldier's job, according to J.T., is to protect and serve, so when townie, Chris Walker, bullies J.T. and his squad and ultimately ruins their ability to win a major ROTC competition, he must be dealt with. Sometimes you must engage the enemy with an offensive strike. Gibson's debut novel is interesting. Written in the first person, J.T.'s language is clipped and short as you might expect from an officer. The characters are realistic, J.T., his squad, the town bullies and the people in his life who try to help him. J.T. is so focused on his goal, on being a leader and standing apart from the crowd, he does not recognize how much they care about him. This is a character study, proceeding almost at a leisurely pace, not building up too much steam. The denouement is short and unsatisfying to this reviewer. Tighter writing might have made this book better. It is definitely a 'guy' book.