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Kokie, E. M.
Somerville, MA : Candlewick, 2012
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Matt Foster is angry—belligerent at school, alienated from his bullying father—and grieving for his big brother T. J., who never came back from the Iraq war. All he wants is for people to leave him alone and to have some of T. J.’s personal effects, something to remember him by. So when big boxes arrive from the military, he is determined to open them up, even though his father has warned him not to go anywhere near them. The letters Matt finds inside reveal a secret life that T.J. led before he died that Matt had never even dreamed of. Matt takes off on a road trip to find the letter writer, even though he knows his father will be furious. What will he find? Will this letter writer even want to meet him? Will what he discovers change his life forever?  (Winnie Host, Penncrest High School) 
(Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:    Brothers -- Fiction.
                        Grief -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Soldiers -- Fiction.
                        Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Fiction.

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