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by Gary Paulsen, Kate Rudd, Benjamin L. Darcie

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Sue Oldhorn - Her grandfather's boring stories are her only connection to her Ojibway roots, until a strange young man enters her life and helps her realize who she is.

David Garcia - He's left behind his home and family in search of a dream, only to discover that it may not exist.

Laura Hayes - She's always known where she was going, but now her parents are


Sue Oldhorn - Her grandfather's boring stories are her only connection to her Ojibway roots, until a strange young man enters her life and helps her realize who she is.

David Garcia - He's left behind his home and family in search of a dream, only to discover that it may not exist.

Laura Hayes - She's always known where she was going, but now her parents are denying her the only future she's ever wanted.

Peter Shackleton - He's reached the top in the ruthless world of rock music, but he's still searching for a sound that is both unique and universal.

Four separate lives, one destiny

They've never met, but they're linked by their yout, their hope, their promise for the future. Can one fleeting second destroy that promise forever?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 8 Up—Paulsen's short, theme-driven novel (Atheneum, 1986) illustrates the terrible threat of nuclear weapons. Told in alternating chapters, this title follows four diverse young adults seeking their place in the world. Sue is a Native American who finds solace in an unexpected place. Peter, a talented musician, is looking for the perfect sound. David travels to America from Mexico to find work and earn money to help his family. Laura, a rancher's daughter from Montana, is seeking recognition from her family. Between each chapter the author includes a vignette about an American soldier during wartime (World War II, Korea, Vietnam), highlighting their youthful optimism until they discover the horrors of war and return home with broken bodies, minds, spirits, and dreams. Are they the sentries, the soldiers that fight and guard our freedoms so that the next generation can pursue their dreams? In the final chapter, we learn how all this sacrifice and promise can be destroyed with a flip of a switch that sets off a nuclear bomb. Kate Rudd and Benjamin L. Darcie effectively create a unique voice for each of the characters and vary the narration's pace when appropriate. The lack of a definitive plot may cause listeners to lose interest. The audiobook may be useful in classrooms to generate discussions about the effects of war and nuclear weapons and for public libraries that circulate the print version.—Terri Norstrom Cary Area Public Library, IL

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Brilliance Audio
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5.40(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.70(d)
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9 - 11 Years

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Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers, author of three Newbery Honor titles, Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He has written over 100 books for adults and young readers. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.

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Sentries 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is confusing and yet no connection is seemed to be made. I read this book for a school project and was bored with it. I wouldn't recommend this book. Gary Paulsen is ususally very good in his writing but this book was disappointing. 2 stars for me!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Twilight Sun. My human name is Twilxe. I am alicorn crossed human world. Also Rosebus is my sis. She looks excalty like me but hair is diffrentl i am celestia hair kind. Seis ratiy kind. Our kingdom have ened and we making nation. Since construction.... we crossed to wait until construction is compelte. I am single and sixteen i have pink vest and pink shirt. Legging is cutie mark in it. It is puprle aura and pink aura skrit is competely puprle. My hair is celesita kind but five inxhes persontiy is happy go lucky and wrong person to bother with. Since i am staying. My house is on res thirteen. Go canterlot! My ruling kind is siaterhod. Since my royaltiy is not permitted. I may go back when i feel constrution is finsihed.bye i am Newbies and Loners and Techis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is pretty good overall. My favorite chapters are the battle hymns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know me. My human name (I found it on the internet and the internet people gave Scoot and RD the same last name so don't judge.) is Sarah Dodgers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spike is in the boys area. Broken Heart: nickname: Broken or Broke. CM: A broken heart. Skin: midnight black. Eyes: red Rarity style. Hair: red Fluttershy style. Clothing: navy blue tee with a red broken heart and ripped jeans. Personality: meet her. History: none of you buisness. Group: loner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Frostbite: She came throught the mirror once. Element of Music. She has ink black skin with electric blue and black Trixie Lulamoon style hair. Blue eyes. She wears a cerulean tank top, black short-sleeved jacket with an eigth note made of ice over a flaming snowflake (her CM), black leggings, cerulean shorts, and black combat boots. She is shy and usually has headphones. Was a pegasus. <p> Fleetfoot: A cocky, showoffy Wondercolt girl with light grey skin and dark grey flamelike hair. Her eyes are blue. She wears a blue and yellow shirt, aviator goggles around her neck, a blue short skirt that doesn't get in the way of soccer, black shorts like Rainbow Dash's, and yellow soccer cleats. Was a pegasus and a Wonderbolt. <p> Misty Fly: A cool, relaxed Wondercolt girl with bluish cream skin and icy blue flamelike hair. She wears a Wondercolt sweater, yellow skirt, black leggings, and blue Nikes. Was a pegasus and Wonderbolt. <p> Neon Boom: A mischevious, misunderstood girl with skin that, like Frostbite's, is black as ink. Neon red hair, styled like Nightmare Moon's. Her eyes are Luna style and neon red. Has a curse where her eyes glow blood red and she acts mean. Is Nightmare Moon's best friend. She wears a black shirt, red cardigan, black skirt with a neon red star on it (her CM), black leggings, and black knee-high heeled boots with red mirror-like overlapping peices over the front. Is so misunderstood even Celestia is afraid of her. Was an alicorn and Princess of the Stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Mystery Mint <br> Age: 16 1/4 <br> Pony Race: Unicorn <br> Cutie Mark: Violet Heart with a Yellow Lightning Bolt <br> Skin Color: Light Cyan <br> Hair Color: Violet, Violet-Red <br> Hair Style: Straight but scraggly <br> Eye Color: Magenta <br> Eye Style: Rarity; three lashes on top, zero lashes on bottom <br> Clothes: Leopard Print Scarf; Black Strapless Top; Violet Skirt w/ Cutie Mark; Ripped Black Leggings; Violet Boots; <br> Group: Rockers <br> Favorite Thing to Do: Rock out on my guitar! <br> Idol: Joan Jett <br> Personality: Pioneering, Independent <br> Special Talent: Appreciating Teamwork as part of my band, the Strike Hearts. <br> Friends: Lannie Lona; Cherry Crash <br> Crush: Now why would I tell you?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is horfible
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was the most fasinating thing guary paulson ever wrote besides hatch and the river of coarse so read it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book at all. I have read other Gary Paulsen books and liked them, but Sentries was just dissapointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am Twilxe. I have pink vest and glossy purple. I have Celestia hair. Pale purple. My legging show my cute mark. It is pink and purple aura. My boots is same as Twilight. I am alicorn human. I do have trust. I have two sisters, Alica and Rosebud. They will rp soon. Next month. I watch my littke pony ad equestia girls. Twilight is awesome! I deciced to stay in human world. Since i have little problems in my rp in ponies world. We tried to contact to rp. But they did not. So...... my fav music is Selena Gomez's Magic. I have 3-Dsi. So ha. I have cell phone. It is ipod5. I am in second class. I am rich. My bookpack color is my cutie mark. I go histoy and Art. I am newbies, techis, ecokids, all but rockers or sporty. I am glad to run any princess. Prima Princess program will be founded by me. Sign up soon
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sentries was not a very good book. For one, there was not really a point to the book. Plus, it did not flow well, it told a different story every chapter that don¿t even relate to each other. But worst of all, the ending was awful. It just ended with a ¿Click.¿ Some good things about this book are it¿s a quick and easy read. Also, it shows that even though what stage of life you¿re in or how old you are there are people out there going through something similar. Finally, if you didn¿t like one chapter you might like the next chapter because they change stories.
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zzproheadshotzz More than 1 year ago
I really want to buy this boo right now