All the Broken Pieces

Book review by Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Tough but touching free verse book about war's scars.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 11+

Touching novel in free verse

As a boy deals with his new life in America he is also trying to reconcile his past, especially separation from his mother and younger brother. Set at the end of the Vietnam War this book, written in free verse, confrontsthe prejudism he now faces from teammates who blame him for hurts the Vietnam War caused them, and the feelings of injured Vietnam soldiers he visits.

This title has:

Great messages
age 11+

Historical novel in free verse

Fantastic story of an adopted boy from Vietnam who had to leave his family behind to survive. His guilt and sadness are quickly in contrast with his love of playing baseball. Facing the prejudice of a fellow team member and struggling with where he belongs are the most compelling threads of this book. Great for reluctant readers.

This title has:

Educational value

Book Details

  • Author: Ann E. Burg
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Publication date: April 1, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 11 - 11
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love historical fiction

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