Author: Korman, Gordon
Twelve-year-old Trevor Firestone loves playing war-based video games and he idolizes his great-grandfather Jacob who came home from World War II a celebrated hero; now ninety-three Jacob wants to retrace his journey in memory and reality and return to the small French village that his unit liberated, and Trevor is going with him--but not everyone in the town wants Jacob to come, and Trevor is going to learn an important lesson: real war is not a video game, and valor and heroism can be very murky concepts.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.70
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 508536
Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/01/20)
Booklist (+) (06/01/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/20)
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Booklist - 06/01/2020 *Starred Review* WWII is central to 12-year-old Trevor’s life because his beloved great-grandfather, G. G., is a hero of the war, having earned a Bronze Star for his participation in the liberation of the French village of Sainte-Regine. Now GG has been invited to return to the village to be honored on the seventy-fifth anniversary of its liberation. Trevor is thrilled when G. G. invites him and his father to come along. Together they’ll retrace G. G.’s steps from basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, to the staging area in England to the D-Day beach at Normandy, and, finally, through France to Sainte-Regine itself. Unbeknownst to Trevor, G. G. has been receiving messages from a group calling itself La Vérité threatening him with violence if he comes to Sainte-Regine. But who could possibly want G. G. to stay away and why? Readers will find the answers as Korman’s compelling story moves backward and forward in time, recreating the then 17-year-old G. G.’s experiences of the war, which Korman does a remarkably good job of dramatizing. Page-turning suspense builds as Trevor’s trip approaches Sainte-Regine. The story is captivating and beautifully realized, as are Korman’s characters. Importantly, the book offers an examination of the moral and ethical viability of war that is sure to invite welcome discussion. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.