by Alan Gratz


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ISBN-13: 9781338245691
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 5,641
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers, including Grenade; Refugee; Projekt 1065, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016; Prisoner B-3087, a Junior Library Guild selection that was named to YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list; and Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Look for him online at

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Grenade in one hand, rubber striking cap in the other, he took a deep breath and ducked into the bushes at the top of the hill. He crept forward until he could see over the ridge.

The dirt path below him was lined with American vehicles. Gray trucks filled with soldiers. Enormous clanking green things with cannons on top and treads for wheels. Open-topped jeeps pulling giant guns on trailers. There were scores of them. They kept coming around the bend in the road. And kept coming and coming.

Hideki ducked deeper into the thicket, afraid they would see him. His hands shook. How was this possible? How had the American devils been able to get so many vehicles past the Japanese defenses? Hideki had seen more automobiles on that road in five minutes than there had been in all of Okinawa before the war.

Hideki's shaking fear crystallized into a hard knot in his stomach, and he knew what he had to do. He had to take out one of those trucks with a grenade. This was his moment. This was his fate. He stood up, fully exposed if any of the soldiers in the trucks had bothered to look up at him, and got ready to strike the match-like fuse on his grenade.

For the Emperor, Hideki told himself. For Japan. For my family.

Hands grabbed Hideki and pulled him back into the bushes before he could activate his grenade. Hideki turned around. It was Yoshio!

"What are you doing?!" Hideki cried.

"The Americans -- they're close by!" Yoshio told him.

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NadineTimes10 12 months ago
This may very well be the grittiest middle grade novel I've read in my life, or at least since I've been past middle grade age. And even if you've also grown past the young readers this novel targets, don't mistake it for a juvenile storybook or something. This isn't a nostalgic, romantic, or watered-down tale, to make war look like a grand and glorious adventure, merely a mechanism for building heroes. It's a gut-wrenching, violent, tragic story of the impossible costs of deadly conflict. While it's not gratuitous in its horror, like a book that would give me nightmares, this novel makes no bones about conveying that war is just that. A nightmare. A waking one. And yet, it isn't a dark story for the sake of darkness. It's a human story. A nuanced story. A story that might make your soul cry. Hideki's and Ray's experiences and reflections reach to a critical level past the surface of things, as this isn't a journey of easy, surface answers. The ending of Part One is painfully brilliant, and how the sober, overall ending manages to be triumphant is incredible. Read it. If your soul cries, let it. Oh—and after the last scene, do *not* skip the Author's Note.