We Were Heroes: The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins, a World War II Soldier, Normandy, France

We Were Heroes: The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins, a World War II Soldier, Normandy, France

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by Walter Dean Myers
     
 

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Newbery and Coretta Scott King award-winning author Walter Dean Myers's the WWII JOURNAL OF SCOTT PENDLETON COLLINS is now available in paperback, with an exciting repackaging!

Following in the footsteps of his father and great-grandfather, both war veterans, Scott Pendleton Collins signs up for the army during the height of World War II. He is shipped out to

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Newbery and Coretta Scott King award-winning author Walter Dean Myers's the WWII JOURNAL OF SCOTT PENDLETON COLLINS is now available in paperback, with an exciting repackaging!

Following in the footsteps of his father and great-grandfather, both war veterans, Scott Pendleton Collins signs up for the army during the height of World War II. He is shipped out to England only to face weeks of boredom. He and his unit want to be out in the fields, doing something to help the Allied forces. Finally, the comrades find themselves on a boat heading to Normandy, France, in the dead of night. But as his boat approaches the beach, Scott suddenly realizes what they are up against, and it is an impossible invasion. Nothing in basic training, nothing he's heard from other soldiers, nothing he has ever experienced prepares Scott for what awaits on Omaha Beach.
As D-Day rages around him, Scott is separated from his unit. Lost in the bloody chaos, he must find a way to live through the battle. Revolving around one of the most famous invasions in history, Scott's story is one of bravery and victory, heartache and pain, loss and survival.

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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.
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.
Kirkus Reviews
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+)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545398893
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Series:
My Name Is America Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
121,162
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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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We Were Heroes: The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins, a World War II Soldier, Normandy, France 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best WWll book ever!
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It really good book you got read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I met Scott Pendleton Collins himself once.