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Search and Destroy Hardcover – December 27, 2005

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Grade 8 Up–Rick, a recent high school graduate, has no direction. He and his girlfriend break up as she prepares to start college, and an argument with his boss leads Rick to quit his job. After a fight with his father, he decides to join the army, realizing that he needs some discipline. He is selected to join the Special Forces and attend jump school in preparation for going to Vietnam. There, Rick is challenged by the heat, the smell of burning sewage, and jungle training. He volunteers for a unit that goes out on long-range jungle patrols and almost loses his life rescuing a comrade. He also discovers that many of his fellow soldiers do not really believe they are accomplishing anything. This is an involving story about the Vietnam War from the viewpoint of a young soldier. Hughes captures the danger, tension, pain, and small triumphs of the conflict. While this book could be easily read by many middle school students, it is more appropriate for high school collections because of its graphic battle scenes and descriptions of serious injuries and death. A well-written, realistic, and engrossing book.–Jane G. Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
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Gr. 7-10. Rick Ward, a recent high-school graduate, is uncertain about everything in his life except his desire to escape his unhappy home life and his bullying father. He enlists in the army and requests a combat assignment in Vietnam. After training, he volunteers for a special combat unit that goes on deep reconnaissance missions to hunt and kill the enemy. Hughes is especially effective in conveying the brutality and horrors of combat, and Rick's conflict between his sense of duty to his country and the compassion and responsibility he feels for the ruined lives of so many Vietnamese. After being wounded during an act of heroism, Rick has a homecoming similar to that of many other Vietnam veterans. He comes back feeling the war was a senseless waste, and tortured by recurring nightmares, he finds it difficult to adjust normal life. The story ends with his future uncertain but hopeful. This is a compelling, insightful story about the emotional, physical, and psychological scars that wars leave upon soldiers. Ed Sullivan
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1st edition, 1st printing (December 27, 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 068987023X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0689870231
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 12 - 15 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 740L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 7 - 9
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.25 inches
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