Sharpshooter

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Scholastic Press, 2012 - JUVENILE NONFICTION - 187 pages
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Four best friends. Four ways to serve their country.

Morris, Ivan, Rudi, and Beck are best friends for life. So when Rudi is drafted into the Vietnam War, the other teens sign up too. Though they each serve in a different branch of the U.S. military, they are fighting the war together-and fighting to come home together.

Ivan is by far the most gung ho about service. He comes from a long line of servicemen, and he grew up hearing his father's stories of glory and heroism in World War II. In fact, Ivan has long suspected that the only way to earn his father's respect is to join the U.S. Army.

Trained as a sniper, Ivan proves to be very good at his job. But Vietnam is not the war he was expecting. And glory and heroism do not come easily in the jungle. Ivan may get out of Vietnam alive. But will he get out of Vietnam intact?

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About the author (2012)

Chris Lynch is the author of numerous acclaimed books for middle-grade and teen readers, including the Cyberia series and the National Book Award finalist INEXCUSABLE. He teaches in the Lesley University creative writing MFA program, and divides his time between Massachusetts and Scotland.