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Scholastic, Incorporated, 2018 - Juvenile Fiction - 288 pages
A New York Times bestseller!

It's 1945, and the world is in the grip of war.

Hideki lives on the island of Okinawa, near Japan. When WWII crashes onto his shores, Hideki is drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps to fight for the Japanese army. He is handed a grenade and a set of instructions: Don't come back until you've killed an American soldier.

Ray, a young American Marine, has just landed on Okinawa. He doesn't know what to expect -- or if he'll make it out alive. He just knows that the enemy is everywhere.

Hideki and Ray each fight their way across the island, surviving heart-pounding ambushes and dangerous traps. But when the two of them collide in the middle of the battle, the choices they make in that instant will change everything.

From the acclaimed author of Refugee comes this high-octane story of how fear can tear us apart, and how hope can tie us back together.

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When fourteen-year-old Hideki is drafted to fight for the Japanese in World War II, his superiors tell him it's his duty to protect his island, Okinawa. Ray, a young American Marine, is in a fight of ... Read full review

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Hideki is an Okinawan boy. Ray is an American soldier. They are caught on the island of Okinawa during WWII. The Japanese are trying to hold the Americans back. Hideki is recruited as a "civilian ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers, including Grenade; Refugee; Projekt 1065, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016; Prisoner B-3087, a Junior Library Guild selection that was named to YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list; and Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Look for him online at

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