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American Ace

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Moving, fast-paced novel-in-verse; great for teen boys.

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This novel-in-verse is a moving, riveting, quickly paced story that envelops readers right from the start. Author Marilyn Nelson does a masterful job of making readers care about Conner and his family's journey while keeping them on their toes as Conner navigates through each discovery about his family's heritage.

The joy of AMERICAN ACE is not only growing to love the family and admiring how Conner handles each new revelation; the reader also gains an appreciation for the World War II pilots Conner discovers. Poetry and history combine in unlikely and modern ways to create a unique and fulfilling story. Readers will fall in love with Conner's tight-knit family and be on the edges of their seats as the mystery unfolds.

My half brother, Carlo, Dad’s son with his ex,
who seldom visits, brought his wife and kids
to see their grandfather and cheer him up.
But nothing seemed to make much difference.
I googled depression. And I got scared.
A blue glacier was growing between us.
The melt started on my sixteenth birthday.
(March 17: St. Pat’s. Mom’s family
says it means I’m 51 percent Irish.)
Dad said I should get my driver’s permit!
He promised me forty hours behind the wheel!
That was the best birthday present I ever got!

Book Details

  • Author: Marilyn Nelson
  • Genre: Family Life
  • Topics: Brothers and Sisters , History
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Publication date: January 12, 2015
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 13, 2017

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