- Series: YA Verse
- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: West 44 Books (February 1, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1538382628
- ISBN-13: 978-1538382622
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,412,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sandi Van is a writer, counselor, and former special education teacher from Buffalo, New York. Her nonfiction piece, "Labor and Delivery" was featured in Adoptive Families Magazine and her poetry won recognition in the Elmira Star-Gazette and the PennWriters In Other Words contest. Sandi is a Navy wife and has witnessed the struggles families face when a parent is deployed. Her book is inspired by and dedicated to those families.
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This book is a quick read, full of angst and passion, permitting readers to see through the eyes of a young teenager. Leo's values, compassion, and sense of loyalty come across, as do his pounding heart and sweaty palms over a female interest who is not only being bullied but is experiencing similar loss over a parent’s deployment.
Highly recommended. Relatable to current events. Compelling. An excellent opportunity for parents to read, discuss and explain to their children how deployments affect more than the person going to the front lines.
Would strongly recommend this book for young adult, for anyone who has faced the travails of separation, and for scouts working the path towards Eagle. The author captured what it's like to feel the weight of the world on your shoulders.
I loved this book, it stayed with me days after reading it.