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Purple Heart

by McCormick, Patricia, 1956-

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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
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "McCormick, never one to shy away from heavy issues (self-mutilation in Cut, 2000; sexual slavery in Sold, 2006), now takes readers into the dark heart of wartime Iraq. Private Matt Duffy awakes in a hospital bed, suffering from a severe brain injury sustained during a confrontation with insurgents. His memory of the encounter is foggy, but the pieces that slowly settle in contradict the story told by his squadmate and friend, Justin. An Iraqi kid was killed, though no one seems to know why or by whom, and Matt gets the distinct feeling that the Army doesn't want to know. McCormick clearly evokes Matt's longing to return to his unit and his buddies and sets that against the psychological trauma of reentering the fray and coming to terms with a death for which he holds himself accountable. Gripping details of existence in a war zone bring this to life, and penetrating questions about duty and guilt drive it home. Pair this novel with Ghosts of War, reviewed on p.49, a teen soldier's account of his time in Iraq.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this suspenseful psychological thriller, 18-year-old Matt Duffy, a private with memory problems following a traumatic brain injury, receives the Purple Heart in Iraq and gradually unravels the contradictory events that led to the honor. McCormick (Sold) sharply draws the culture of the Green Zone hospital, the camaraderie of the enlisted men and (via phone calls and letters) the gulf between life at home versus on the front. Friendship, bravado and juvenile antics counteract the soldiers' guilt, paranoia and unease around Iraqis (" 'Enemy' was the official term. 'Insurgents' was okay, too. Everybody called them hajis, though"). Strong characters heighten the drama, especially likable Matt, but also the sympathetic hospital psychiatrist who balances complicated allegiances and legal obligations, and flinty Charlene, the sole female member of Matt's squad. As Matt remembers more and more, tension builds and he becomes confused about interpretations of the truth (and when to reveal them) within the chain of command. McCormick raises moral questions without judgment and will have readers examining not only this conflict but the nature of heroism and war. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Subjects Iraq War, 2003-2011 Juvenile fiction
Soldiers Juvenile fiction
Medical fiction
Brain damage Juvenile fiction
Memory Juvenile fiction
Street children Juvenile fiction
Conduct of life Juvenile fiction
Interpersonal relations Juvenile fiction
Iraq War, 2003-2011 Fiction
Soldiers Fiction
Brain damage Fiction
Hospitals Fiction
Memory Fiction
Street children Fiction
Historical Fiction
Young Adult Fiction
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Publisher New York :HarperCollins2009
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience For 12 years and up
Language English
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ISBN 9780061948763
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