The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: A World War II Soldier - Normandy, France, 1944

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Scholastic, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 144 pages
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Each harrowing day of battle in France convinces 17-year-old Scott Pendleton Collins that he may not survive. In desperation he records his thoughts, fears and hopes in a journal he has carried since his first days of basic training at Fort Dix.

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User Review  - dayspring777 - LibraryThing

I have generally been pretty happy with the parallel Dear America series, but was disappointed as a parent that this book mentions in passing a rumor that certain girls "are easy". I didn't like it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beammey - LibraryThing

This was a good book. 4.5 out of 5 stars. I did enjoy it, it was a good read, especially since I had family that was on Omaha Beach on D-Day, but I don't know. Something just wasn't there for me to ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsberg, West Virginia. When he was three years old, his mother died and his father sent him to live with Herbert and Florence Dean in Harlem, New York. He began writing stories while in his teens. He dropped out of high school and enlisted in the Army at the age of 17. After completing his army service, he took a construction job and continued to write. He entered and won a 1969 contest sponsored by the Council on Interracial Books for Children, which led to the publication of his first book, Where Does the Day Go? During his lifetime, he wrote more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. His works include Fallen Angels, Bad Boy, Darius and Twig, Scorpions, Lockdown, Sunrise Over Fallujah, Invasion, Juba!, and On a Clear Day. He also collaborated with his son Christopher, an artist, on a number of picture books for young readers including We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart and Harlem, which received a Caldecott Honor Award, as well as the teen novel Autobiography of My Dead Brother. He was the winner of the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award for Monster, the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. He also won the Coretta Scott King Award for African American authors five times. He died on July 1, 2014, following a brief illness, at the age of 76.

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