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By Joe Applegate, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Searing account of teen D-Day soldier is powerful, gory.

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Young readers whose ideas of war have been formed by video games and movies may appreciate this searing account of an unheralded 19-year-old infantryman during the Normandy invasion. The writing is beautifully spare like the heroism it depicts, with nobody doing great deeds and nobody giving up. Woody tells the reader how he feels while admitting he can't find the right words. "The bodies were piling up faster than our minds could handle them," he says. "There is no training in killing...There were just round targets to shoot at on sunny days in Virginia...."

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