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Grades 6 - 8Grades 4 - 6n/a5.338249
Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck are best friends for life. So when one of the teens is drafted into the Vietnam War, the others sign up, too. Although they each serve in a different branch, they are fighting the war together -- and they promise to do all they can to come home together.

Rudi is perhaps the most concerned about whether or not he'll be able to keep that promise. After all -- and he'd be the first to admit this -- he's not the most capable guy. He's not smart like Beck, or brave like Ivan. He lacks the strength of Morris's moral convictions.

But once Rudi is pulled kicking and screaming into the Marines, he at last finds something he's good at: following orders. Will that be enough to keep him alive? And if he does survive the war, will his best friends even recognize him on the other side?
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on November 1, 2012 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545270251
ISBN-13: 9780545270250
5 Book Reviews
  • chaseTuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:12 am
    love this book its so good and the rest of the books
    • Ian CummingsWednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:53 am
      I liked this book because it was full of thrill and excitement. It had a little bit of violence but it was still very interesting and it hooked me in. I highly recommend this book for people who like war and american history.
      • Ian CummingsWednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:45 am
        BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • johnnyrocket
          johnnyrocketWednesday, May 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm
          I like this book because it has my favorite war in it and has violence in it. I highly recommend people should read this book.
          • dmathai
            dmathaiTuesday, March 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm44 stars
            This is a very good book that has some vilence in it that makes it a little bit interesting. It is about a kid from the Boston area that goes to Vietnam. Vietnam changes his life.