All the Broken Pieces All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg

This is one of those books where you admire the craft, you are moved by the story, and you’re not quite sure of the best audience for the book. The main character is a bit young relative to the emotional intensity of the story – not that it couldn’t be read and appreciated by upper elementary/middle school readers, especially if any of the issues resonate with them, but it might be a harder sell to high schoolers because of Matt’s age.

The story has good tension and pace – I think the verse format helps with that – and there are some interesting side characters, particularly the young veterans. The conflict with a classmate is resolved a little too quickly, but the emotional content of the story rings true.

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