Vietnam War

The Wall

By Eve Bunting

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A boy and his father come from far away to visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington and find the name of the boy's grandfather, who was killed in the conflict.

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Where Have All the Flowers Gone? The Diary of Molly Mackenzie Flaherty

By Ellen Emerson White

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In 1968 Massachusetts, after her brother Patrick goes to fight in Vietnam, fifteen-year-old Molly records in her diary how she misses her brother, volunteers at a Veterans' Administration Hospital, and tries to make sense of the war in Vietnam and the tumultuous events in the United States. Includes historical notes. 

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The Road Home

By Ellen Emerson White

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This book starts with a bang in an Army emergency room in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. Rebecca, a combat nurse, must face down her own demons and the gruesome memories of war when she returns to the United States. 

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The Car

By Gary Paulsen

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When neither of his parents want to take responsibility for him, fourteen-year-old Terry Anders builds a car from a kit and strikes off on a road trip to visit a long-lost uncle. He shares the amazing journey with a couple of Vietnam veterans who teach him that the most important thing in life is to learn all you can. 

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Fallen Angels

By Walter Dean Myers

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Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam. 

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All the Broken Pieces

By Ann E. Burg

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Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past. 

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The Wednesday Wars

By Gary D. Schmidt

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During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in. 

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Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam

By Cynthia Kadohata

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Cracker’s first owner used to feed her hot dogs and let her sleep in his bed, but now she’s a combat dog trained to sniff out bombs and booby-traps in Vietnam.

 

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Mary Downing Hahn: Woman of Mysteries

When Mary Downing Hahn writes a book, she works along steadily until that magic moment when the characters develop their own voices. Whether it's a mean-mouthed boy who is hiding family secrets or a girl who is terrified of the ghostly presence haunting her small step-sister, this author's characters tell their own stories both believably and intriguingly.

Memorial Day: A Day of Remembrance

Memorial Day has a long history, reaching back to the end of the Civil War. On April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered his army, and soldiers of the North and South went home to their families, their ranks thinned by the war's bloodshed. Thousands upon thousands of the men who went to battle never returned. At home, their families grieved for the fathers and brothers lost to them and looked for a way to memorialize their sacrifices.