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All The Broken Pieces Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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The downside is that Matt also remembers Vietnam. He hasn't forgotten the sounds, the smells, and the horrors of war. He knows his father was an American soldier, but he's not sure why he left his mother behind. Should he want to find this missing father or just put it all in the past? He knows his mother told him she loved him and that was why she sent him away, but how do you give up someone you love?
What haunts him the most is the younger brother he left behind. Matt can't find the words to share the tragic story that separated him from the toddler. His loving American parents hope time will heal the many wounds created by the awfulness of war. Their encouragement, along with that of another Vietnam vet, the game of baseball, and Matt's interest in music, work together to start the healing process.
ALL THE BROKEN PIECES is the first novel for author Ann E. Burg. Written in verse, the spare language brings focus to the raw emotions felt by all the characters. Burg examines the effects of war from many vantage points as she involves her readers in this turbulent time.
Even readers without a connection to this controversial war will come away with an understanding of the widespread damage done when war is chosen over peace.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
All the Broken Pieces is an extraordinary piece of literature that puts the emotional pain clearly in view then slowly establishes healing. It was the story of Matt’s inner trauma that plagued his life until a baseball coach and Vietnam veteran’s mentorship began to set the stage for Matt’s healing. This book should be read by everybody who served in Vietnam and to everyone who would like to understand the complex emotional issues that tormented both children and soldiers of that war. My heartfelt thanks to Ann E. Burg who wrote this healing masterpiece that aloud me to repair my inability to cry after so many years.Read more ›
The story is riveting -- a young Vietnamese boy adopted by an American couple at the end of the Vietnam war, how he outwardly acclimatizes to his new family, school and country but has a rich and troubled inner life riddled with nightmares and waking fears and how these and others' prejudices affect him;
The verse is spare yet utterly evocative in its brevity -- it communicates better than any regular prose novel the way images and conflicting thoughts and feelings tangle in people's minds every day;
The emotions it conveys from and about the characters are affecting -- you can't help but feel the small happinesses, the pain, the joy of resolution..
And all of this in a quick read that already has me returning to it to find passages that especially moved me. I think this book will resonate for anyone, and it will certainly have special relevance for those of us who lived through the Vietnam era, who had friends or loved ones who fought in the war, or who was there him or herself.
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This was a fast pace book that displayed great character emotion. I give this book 5 stars because of how it is written and all the facts and emotions built inside it.Published 12 days ago by c.davis
This book was a Virginia Reader’s Choice the year I was in sixth grade- my teacher had our class do a project on all ten of the books in the middle school category and they were... Read morePublished 7 months ago by PriyankaReads
I was surprised how short this book was and was a little worried when I saw it written is poem format. But it was a great story! Loved it!Published 8 months ago by Shani Fjelsted
Ann E. Burg describes the hardships for a Vietnamese boy adjusting to America in her free verse novel, "All the Broken Pieces. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ava
This was an assigned reading for a young adult literature class, but it is genuinely one of the best books I've read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Maggie Thomas
Love the book! Love the author's stylist choices. A great read, especially for reluctant boy readers.Published 23 months ago by AJHoopla