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Purple Heart

By Patricia McCormick, 1956-

When Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital in Iraq, he's honored with a Purple Heart. But he doesn't feel like a hero.

There's a memory that haunts him: an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits his chest. Matt can't shake the feeling that he was somehow involved in his death. But because of a head injury he sustained just moments after the boy was shot, Matt can't quite put all the pieces together.

Eventually Matt is sent back into combat with his squad—Justin, Wolf, and Charlene—the soldiers who have become his family during his time in Iraq. He just wants to go back to being the soldier he once was. But he sees potential threats everywhere and lives in fear of not being able to pull the trigger when the time comes. In combat there is no black-and-white, and Matt soon discovers that the notion of who is guilty is very complicated indeed.

National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick has written a visceral and compelling portrait of life in a war zone, where loyalty is valued above all, and death is terrifyingly commonplace.

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ISBN

0061730920


Format: Book
Author: McCormick, Patricia, 1956-
Summary: While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.
Title: Purple Heart / by Patricia McCormick.
Publisher Date: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, c2009.
Subject: Iraq War, 2003- -- Teen fiction. Soldiers -- Teen fiction. Brain damage -- Teen fiction. Hospitals -- Teen fiction. Memory -- Teen fiction. Street children -- Teen fiction.
Isbn: 0061730920 9780061730917 (reinforced) 0061730912 (reinforced) 9780061730900 (trade bdg.) 0061730904 (trade bdg.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 9
System Items Total: 9
Call Number: TF McCormick
Oclc: 302188992
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Bib Id: 329890

Format: Book
Author: McCormick, Patricia, 1956-
Summary: While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.
Title: Purple Heart / by Patricia McCormick.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, c2009.
Description: 198 p. ; 22 cm.
Target Audience Note: Grades 7 up.
Subjects: Iraq War, 2003- -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Soldiers -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Brain damage -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Hospitals -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Memory -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Street children -- Teen fiction.
Notes: A Junior Library Guild selection
LCCN: 2009001757
ISBN: 0061730920
ISBN: 9780061730917 (reinforced)
ISBN: 0061730912 (reinforced)
ISBN: 9780061730900 (trade bdg.)
ISBN: 0061730904 (trade bdg.)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 9
Total Copies: 9
Call Number: TF McCormick