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With starred reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews, this moving novel by acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers is a modern classic. In the late 1960s, Richie Perry is growing up fast on the battlefields of Vietnam. But in the war-torn jungle, every moment is a struggle to survive. All Richie wants is to make it out alive.

©1988 Walter Dean Myers (P)2004 Recorded Books. LLC

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Found it

There is nothing more unsatisfying to me then not finishing a book. I started this book in high school, but transferred before I finished. My new school didnt have it, neither did the local libraries. This book has haunted me for yrs lol I am so excited

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Absolutely Fantastic

Loved it was a great read. Gives a very real perspective to daily life for soilders in Vietnam.

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Decent

Overall fairly good nothing spectacular nothing revolutionary but the characters were consistent the story did deviate you could feel somewhat relatable but not so much that you became the character if you want a fairly short read for a vacation or trip on a plane I’d recommend this will I re read it probably not but I thought it was worth the time to listen to.

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such an awesome book!

absolutely loved this book! If your obsessed with war themed stories then this story is for you

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excellent story

to be completely honest I had to read this for school but im happy i did

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amazing

Iv read this book about 5 times and I'm always captured by it. highly recommend reading it

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Love It!!

Fell in love with this book the first time I read it in School Awesome.

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Do not waste your money or time

This is just a story of some men doing as little as possible. Just some scared young men. No plot... store line... nothing

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Good Vietnam war book

This book was great. The narrator was great and did not feel like a chore to finish.

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