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Somebody please tell me who I am

by Mazer, Harry, 1925-2016.

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Young Adult YA MAZER Harry
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA MAZER Harry
Hampton Community Library Teen Fiction TEEN F MAZER
Location  Hampton Community Library
Collection  Teen Fiction
Call Number  TEEN F MAZER
Plum Community Library Young Adult Fiction YA FIC MAZ
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA FIC MAZ
Shaler North Hills Library Young Adult Fiction YA MAZER
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA MAZER
A teen soldier returns home from Iraq forever changed in this poignant and pivotal novel that Kirkus Reviews calls "as illuminating as a hand grenade, and just as powerful."

Ben lives a charmed life--effortlessly landing the lead in the high school musical, dating the prettiest girl in school. When he decides to enlist in the army after 9/11, no one thinks he'll be in real danger. But his decision has devastating consequences: His convoy gets caught in an explosion, and Ben ends up in a coma for two months. When he wakes up, he doesn't know where he is--or remember anything about his old life. His family and friends mourn what they see as a loss, but Ben perseveres. And as he triumphs, readers will relate to this timely novel that pairs the action and adventure of the best war stories with the emotional elements of struggle and transformation.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ben has the talent to be a star on Broadway after high school, but instead Broadway just becomes his nickname with his buddies in Iraq. Ben's e-mails to his longtime girlfriend (now fiancee) Ariela portray a young man much changed from the one she and Ben's best friend, Niko, remember. When a blast sends Ben home with a traumatic brain injury, Ariela and Niko deal with Ben's condition differently. Screwball Niko becomes an introspective and constant companion to Ben's mom and autistic brother. Ariela, away at school, buries herself in new relationships while keeping Ben in her heart. Ben emerges from a coma struggling to remember anything about his past self, including how to speak, construct meaning, and recognize loved ones. This is an easy read about a difficult and important subject, with realistic characters whose depth is implied more than explained. Although the reader may despair at the tragic turn of a young man so full of promise, the ending offers a glimpse of light at the end of what will be a long, dark tunnel.--Booth, Heather Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Mazer (Heroes Don't Run) and Lerangis (wtf) use strong characters and storytelling to explore the slow and painful recovery of an injured teenage soldier. High school senior Ben has great grades and a potentially bright future in the arts, so his friends, family, and girlfriend are all surprised when he enlists in the military. And they are horrified when he is quickly deployed to Iraq, where he receives a head injury and suffers brain damage in the line of duty. The story is divided into Before, During, and After sections; Mazer and Larangis shift their focus among the prominent people in Ben's life, including his autistic brother, Chris; his best friend, Niko; and his fiance, Ariela. The authors carefully demonstrate the effect the tragedy has on everyone involved, particularly Ariela's attempts to maintain a social life in college, while vividly bringing Ben's struggles to life. (One chapter simply shows a scribble on a sheet of paper, Ben's attempt to write.) Readers will likely sense where the story is headed, but the journey is powerful and worthwhile. Ages 12-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Brain damage -- Patients -- Rehabilitation -- Fiction.
Autism -- Fiction.
Brothers -- Fiction.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,2012
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Lerangis, Peter.
Language English
Description 148 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781416938965 (pbk.)
1416938966 (pbk.)
9781416938958 (hardcover)
1416938958 (hardcover)
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