No Surrender Soldier

No Surrender Soldier

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by Christine Kohler
     
 

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Growing up on Guam in 1972, fifteen-year-old Kiko is beset by worries: He's never kissed a girl, the popular guys get all the attention at school--but the worst part is the serious problems at home. His older brother is missing in Vietnam, his grandfather is losing it to dementia, and he just learned that his mother was raped by a Japanese soldier during World

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Growing up on Guam in 1972, fifteen-year-old Kiko is beset by worries: He's never kissed a girl, the popular guys get all the attention at school--but the worst part is the serious problems at home. His older brother is missing in Vietnam, his grandfather is losing it to dementia, and he just learned that his mother was raped by a Japanese soldier during World War II. It all comes together when he discovers an old man, a Japanese soldier, hiding in the jungle behind his house. It's not the same man who raped his mother, but, in his rage, Kiko cares only about protecting his family and avenging his mom--no matter what it takes. And so, a shy, peaceable boy begins to plan a murder. But how far will Kiko go to prove to himself that he's a man? Based on a true incident in history, No Surrender Soldier is the story of a boy grappling with ancient questions of courage and manhood before he can move on.

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"The story gracefully weaves parallels between Kiko and Seto, giving it depth and complexity. An unusual, resonant debut." --Kirkus Reviews

"An interesting account of history that paints a picture of life both on and off the battlefield.... This debut transports readers to an exotic place in a troubled time and reveals that being a teenager in Guam is not so different from being a teen elsewhere in the world." --Booklist

Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-02
Some serious moral choices confront a 15-year old Chamorro boy on Guam when he discovers a Japanese soldier still in hiding almost 30 years after World War II. It's 1972, and Kiko has problems. He's crazy about his classmate Daphne, but he can't work up the courage to approach her. His grandfather appears to be developing serious dementia, and Kiko can't control the old man when he's assigned to watch him. He misses his brother, Sammy, an officer serving in Vietnam, and he doesn't feel ready to go through with his upcoming confirmation into the Catholic Church. Worst of all, he learns from his grandfather that when Guam was occupied during the war, a Japanese soldier raped his mother. Meanwhile, Isamu Seto has been surviving in the jungle since the war, now living in a dugout tunnel near Kiko's house. Seto feels unworthy because he did not commit suicide at the end of the war and still fears capture, having vowed never to surrender to the "Amerikans." Both characters form new understandings when they encounter one another. Kohler alternates chapters between Kiko and Seto, writing Kiko's dialogue, especially, in a dialect that rings true. Although written in simple language, the story gracefully weaves parallels between Kiko and Seto, giving it depth and complexity. An unusual, resonant debut. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440565618
Publisher:
Adams Media
Publication date:
01/18/2014
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,346,457
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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