The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: A World War II Soldier, Normandy, France, 1944

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Each harrowing day of battle in France convinces seventeen-year-old Scott Pendleton Collins that he may not survive. In desperation, he records his thoughts, fears, and hopes in a journal he has carried since his first days as a soldier in Basic Training at Fort Dix.

A seventeen-year-old soldier from central Virginia records his experiences in a journal as his regiment takes part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and subsequent ...

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Overview

Each harrowing day of battle in France convinces seventeen-year-old Scott Pendleton Collins that he may not survive. In desperation, he records his thoughts, fears, and hopes in a journal he has carried since his first days as a soldier in Basic Training at Fort Dix.

A seventeen-year-old soldier from central Virginia records his experiences in a journal as his regiment takes part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and subsequent battles to liberate France.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-When Private Scott Collins's journal begins, he is preparing, along with thousands of other young men, for D-Day, less than five weeks away. When it ends, Scott, now 18, is again waiting to cross the English Channel; he has been wounded in France and has been promoted to sergeant-not simply because he is a good soldier, but also because he has proven to be a "survivor," when so many others have been killed. Readers observe Scott lose both his belief that the Allied invasion will end the war quickly and his innocence-he has seen hundreds die, some by his own hand. While no more graphic than the subject demands, this brief novel presents an accurate depiction of the horror of battle. The narrative voice is engaging and believable, with only a few lapses that sound like explanations provided for today's readers. Scott emerges as a likable and realistic character, one who grows from youth to manhood in a matter of weeks. Young teens who appreciated Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line ought to be moved and drawn to the Journal as well. A short epilogue gives thumbnail sketches of the major players' lives after wartime, and a photographic gallery helps set and expand the historical situation.-Coop Renner, Coldwell Elementary-Intermediate School, El Paso, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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In the My Name Is America series, Myers (Monster, p. 725, etc.) writes of Scott Collins, who, on June 6, 1944, has no idea what awaits him on Omaha Beach. Within minutes after hitting the beach, Collins changes from a naive high school graduate who'd like to marry Ann Miller to a bewildered young man facing the strong probability that he won't live to see his 18th birthday. Scott's daily struggle and courage contrast with his memories of home; an affecting touch is the inclusion of Scott's thoroughly ordinary life after he returns to his small Virginia town. Although the diary and Collins are fictional, Myers conceals his inventions with utterly convincing writing; this volume would work well as a companion to Cynthia Rylant's I Had Seen Castles (1993). (Fiction. 12+)
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Scott Collins signs up for the army shortly before the Invasion of Normandy in 1944. He keeps a journal and writes letters to family and friends that detail his experiences from basic training through the beach invasion of Normandy to the aftermath of the battle, while struggling to survive. Scott "tells" his story with great detail about his surroundings and the situation. Further personalizing this story is Scott's interactions with friends and family back home as well as his connections with the other young men with whom he is fighting. Scott's reactions to the death of those around him as well as his own feelings when he realizes that he has killed a German soldier gives this book a strong senses of reality. The historical aspects of this text are well-researched and Myers, as always, done a wonderful job pulling in those pieces that help make the story more significant for younger readers. The thoughtful addition of maps and photographs also support his work in making Scott's story one of significance for readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439050135
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: My Name Is America Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 7.67 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Dean Myers is the 2012 - 2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author an award-winning body of work which includes, SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS, SLAM!, and MONSTER. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King Author Awards, and three National Book Award Finalists citations. In addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2014

    Remarkable in its believability, poignant to moving me to tears

    Remarkable in its believability, poignant to moving me to tears and leaving me  utterly relieved that I did not have to experience what this young man's narrative
    expresses. I am a well educated 64 year old library reshelving volunteer who spotted and checked out this tomb after a brief flip through. Every high school should make this a must read ....lest we forget...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    This novel is amazing! Short chapters and a quick read! You feel

    This novel is amazing! Short chapters and a quick read! You feel as though you are in the books of this soldier, it shows what it is like being in the war, emotions, feelings, and thoughts.
    A good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great World War II book

    The book may talk a bit much about the sites and the graphics that happen during the war but it is very educational and I have read it twice.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

    A Bloody Book

    Scott leaves Brooklyn to enlist. He then makes some friends at the camp he was at. They then find out that they are going to be shipped out to Normandy. Scott then shot his first German solider with his M-1 Grand. He then takes part in the Battle of the Bulge. He has to blow a machine gun bunker that was killing all of his other friends. They then march through Normandy and kill German soldiers. Scott then gets shot and gets to go home a hero. I really thought I was not going to like this book. I the end tough I liked it. The book was short a sweat and to the point. This also told me what it was like being a World War II soldier!

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

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    an acion packed book

    this book was fukll of everything, the deatils, to voice, to the life like visualization. aw man, who ever hasn't read this book should.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2007

    this book was outstanding

    This book is a fictional jounral of a real World War 2 soldier. It describes what it was like if you were in the war. It's full of action and really, really realistic. All the characters were real and some may be still alive today. I'm also interested in that time frame and place in WORLD WAR II, which was Normandy,France around D-DAY 1994. I like this book because it is more descriptive than most books on WORLD WAR II. I felt like I was the main character I could feel all the tension that was happening. I would recommened this book to people that love history and would like to learn about D-DAY and WORLD WAR II.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    I like this book because it was easy to read. Plus i like how it sounded so real the way he describes whats going on, like how they died. It sound almost like i was there.This book was better then i thought. At first i was only going to read it because i had to but after i read it, it makes me want to read another one just like it by the same author. I definitely reccomend this book to my friends. I think it is a good book for people who are interested in world war 2.I think it is good for adults also. This book is a true guide through world war 2. This book tells where the troops head through the war and how they survive.Great Book!!!!!!.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    great!!!!!!

    The best book I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2007

    awesome

    It was awesome

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    This book is AWESOME!!!!!!!

    This book was great!!!!! really full of action. This also told me what it was like being a World War II soldier!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2004

    This book was good

    I like this book because it was easy to read. Plus i like how it sounded so real the way he describes whats going on, like how they died. It sound almost like i was there.This book was better then i thought. At first i was only going to read it because i had to but after i read it, it makes me want to read another one just like it by the same author. I definitely reccomend this book to my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    2nd Best in My Name Is America Series!

    I just finished reading this book and it was GREAT! It was very well researched by the author and contains a lot of true historical information about World War II. I recomend this to everyone (especially 10-14 year olds!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    Outstnding work

    This book is maybe the absoloot best book I've ever read. The fact of the matter is that this is a must read book and should be read by history lovers around the world. War buffs such as my self will love this book so much they won't put it down maybe litteraly. It has a soldier's point of view looking at the war in Europe 1939-1945. When it comes down to it this is a must read book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2003

    This is a great book!

    It has so much action and just nowing what happend makes you feel sorry for him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    You'll love this book!

    This is a great book.I read it about 6 times and never got tired bout it.It really gives some details bout WW2 and D-Day.Its a real cool book.Anyone that likes World War 2 books will love this one.Its a pretty good book for anybody ages 9 or higher.I haven't bought the book yet but i'm planning to when I get money.Over all this is a great book,and i reccomend it to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2002

    A World War 2 spectacular guide

    I think it is a good book for people who are interested in world war 2.I think it is good for adults also. This book is a true guide through world war 2.This book tells where the troops head through the war and how they survive.Great Book!!!!!!.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2002

    Amazing

    told in the way it was with detail. you must read to see

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2001

    best since saving private ryan

    you know that thingabout best since savingprivate ryan. yeah i lied i didn't like this book at all it was so incredibley un attractive book don't you ever read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2001

    Epic Tale Of A Young Mans Journey, Struglling to Survive The War

    I LOVED this book! I think the author put together a great war story featuring the Invasion of Normandy, and the battles in St. Lo. He gave great details and descriptions and realistic features all combined in one to form an epic story for any war-novel-lover. I think anyone ages 9-13 would love this book and HEY, the adults might even like it too. This is without doubt one of the greatest books in the 'My Name Is America' series. If you can I would buy this book in an instant!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2000

    Great Book!!

    This book is very good. I sugest this book for all the people who like to read historical fiction/ journal type books.

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