Intense and realistic, this book follows two young men during the at the Battle of Okinawa. Hideki is a middle school student, an Okinawan, drafted by the Japanese Army to fight the Americans. Ray is an American man, just 18, in his first battle. The war interrupted both their lives, and things will never be the same...
I loved Refugee by Alan Gratz, and this book is in the same fast-paced style. However, I found it an even more graphic and unflinching a look at what war does to humans. As Hideki says, we become monsters. Be cautious with your audience for this book, it could easily be too much for some readers. ~ Reviewed by Leah Moore
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