The Right Fight (World War II Series #1)

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The author of the acclaimed Vietnam series sets his sights on World War II.

There are few things Roman loves as much as baseball, but his country is at the top of the list. So when it looks like the United States will be swept up into World War II, he turns his back on baseball and joins the US Army.

Roman doesn't mind. As it turns out, he is far more talented with a tank than he ever was with a baseball. And...

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Overview


The author of the acclaimed Vietnam series sets his sights on World War II.

There are few things Roman loves as much as baseball, but his country is at the top of the list. So when it looks like the United States will be swept up into World War II, he turns his back on baseball and joins the US Army.

Roman doesn't mind. As it turns out, he is far more talented with a tank than he ever was with a baseball. And he is eager to drive his tank right into the field of battle, where the Army is up against the fearsome Nazis of the Afrika Korps.

The North African terrain is like nothing Roman has ever known, and desert warfare proves brutal. As Roman drives his team deeper into disputed territory, one thing becomes very clear: Life in wartime is a whole new ball game.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/04/2013
The prolific Lynch follows his Vietnam series of novels (including I Pledge Allegiance and, most recently, Casualties of War) with one set during WWII. This first book follows Roman Bucyk, a minor league baseball star who enlists in the U.S. Army in 1941, where he discovers a talent as a tank driver. As Roman’s journey takes him from the last baseball game of the season through training and finally being sent overseas, he witnesses and reflects on the horror of war and the righteousness of taking the fight to the Nazis. As the campaign in North Africa intensifies, Roman’s newfound bond with the rest of his tank crew is tested, as is his relationship with his fiancée, Hannah, back home. Lynch doesn’t pull any punches in this slim but powerful volume, chronicling Roman’s exploits with an almost dreamlike sense of atmosphere, coupled with a keen ear for dialogue and intense battle scenes. Though aimed at younger readers, Lynch doesn’t write down, instead offering a powerful taste of war on a personal level. Ages 10–14. (Jan.)
From the Publisher

Praise for Chris Lynch's VIETNAM:

"The best Vietnam War novels yet for this age range."--KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Lynch brilliantly captures the war in small details."--BOOKLIST

"So vivid, the reader will feel the stickiness of the heat and . . . hear the buzzing of mosquitoes."--VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES

"A fine balance of thoughtfulness and gritty action."--BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS

"Lynch delivers an action-packed examination of the bonds and trials of friendship."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"It makes you wonder how you would have acted in those situations. . . . Recommended."--LIBRARY MEDIA

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Roman Bucyk loves baseball. Ever since he was a little boy, he dreamed of playing in the major leagues. Now, after a terrible ankle injury, Roman is struggling as he plays first base for a Class D minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Although he is captain of his team, Roman knows that he does not have the right stuff to make it to the Big Leagues. However, a far greater problem looms on the horizon of Roman’s life. War rages in Europe and Roman believes he and his nation are destined to be part of that struggle. After the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, Nazi Germany declares war on the United States, and Roman is off to war. After months of training, Roman finds himself in North Africa serving as tank driver. Over a period of months, Roman experiences the growing comradeship of service, the sting of battle, and the pathos that losing friends can breed. By the conclusion of this book, Roman is alone. All of his earlier comrades are dead or gone, but he still persists in his service as an American soldier. Written as the first chapter in a broader series of books focused on World War II, this book is further evidence of the author’s talent for depicting the life of soldiers. While there are moments dealing with Roman’s distant romance that seem a bit contrived, the general tenor of this narrative is thoughtful. Readers should come away from this carefully crafted book with an interest in Roman and a desire to know what happens to him next. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 10 to 14.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-02
All the sizzle, chaos, noise and scariness of war is clay in the hands of ace storyteller Lynch. The proceedings open with a baseball game, an image that could not be more peacefully patriotic than a slice of apple pie in the days preceding World War II. War looms, and narrator Roman Bucyk has enlisted while the country is still neutral. But Bucyk has a bead on things: "The Nazis hate baseball. This I know. And I hate the Nazis." Roman is no rube; he is just full of bravado and bowled over by feelings of honor and integrity. He gets the girl of his dreams to agree to an engagement, and then it is off to basic training. Lynch serves all this up with a gathering sense of drama, though he keeps the braggadocio to a level that allows readers to see the wide-eyed apprehension behind the bluster. Then, in a smart and entertaining move, Lynch situates the action not in the well-worn Pacific or European theaters, but in North Africa, introducing readers to Algeria, to the strangeness of having to fight the French, to Djebel Hamra and Sidi Bouzid as the fighting clanks toward Tunisia. As he did with his four-volume Vietnam series, Lynch effectively takes readers back to the good war. (Historical fiction. 10-14)
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—Lynch ("Vietnam" series, Scholastic) begins a new war series, this time set during World War II. Professional baseball player Roman Bucyk realizes that U.S. involvement in the current European war is imminent and decides to enlist. Roman is sent to the African front, first to Algeria and then to Tunisia, where his mediocre baseball talent takes a backseat to his earnest enthusiasm for fighting against the Nazi regime. An often overlooked portion of the war effort, the Allied battle with the German Afrika Korps is well delivered through a first-person narrative and a series of letters to Hannah, his fiancé. The letters also illustrate how the women at home, like Hannah, did their duty by serving in the Women's Army Corps and other military organizations. Roman's youthful optimism, bravado, and fear allow readers to experience a firsthand look into a soldier's life, from long days waiting for orders to the perilous battle arena. Perhaps most affecting is the portrayal of friendships with Roman's military unit, which help highlight the lifelong bonds fellow soldiers formed during and after this war.—Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545522946
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: World War II Series, #1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 103,989
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 980L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Lynch

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 September 24, 2014

    Very good

    Loved the book! It tells a lot about what a soldier in WWII had to go thru. Get this book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Got to read

    Great book and great details

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Great book

    Had me hooked into it by the first chapter

    Great story line over all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2014

    Great book! Last chapter is a little sad tho.

    Great book! Last chapter is a little sad tho.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    The book is vvery entertaining. It keeps you interested througho

    The book is vvery entertaining. It keeps you interested throughout the entire book. I highley recommend. It is also very educational about WWII.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    READ THIS

    HI

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