All the Broken Pieces
by Ann E. Burg
Summary: Matt was airlifted out of Vietnam at the end of the war. He was adopted by a loving American family but is still haunted by memories of war-torn Vietnam and the mother and brother he left behind. Matt is the star pitcher of his baseball team, but not all of his teammates accept him; they blame him for the deaths of the young American soldiers sent to fight in his home country. This free-verse novel tells the story of Matt's struggle with guilt, discrimination, acceptance, and healing.
Thoughts: I love free-verse novels, and this one did not disappoint. I found the writing of this first-time novelist to be beautifully simple yet powerful. The story pulls the reader into the horrors and pain of war through the eyes of a young victim. I am thankful for quality historical fiction that illuminates an event or time period like All the Broken Pieces. I look forward to more from this novelist!