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Polacco, Patricia.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015
IL K-3, RL 4.4

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Based on true events, Kentuckian John Wallen was only seventeen when he enlisted in the Army. Being a soldier during World War II was tough enough, but being the youngest recruit in the Pacific was a big challenge. While in the Philippines, he befriends a little girl with a very special heart-shaped birthmark and they help each other in ways friends would do. Because she does not speak English, his new friend calls him “Tucky Jo,” although they do not need a common language to share kindness, friendship and loyalty. After the war, John returns home, and after many years, he and “Little Heart” meet again in a beautiful twist of fate. (Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award 2017-2018)

SUBJECTS:     Historical fiction.
                        Kindness -- Fiction.
                        Philippines -- History
                        Japanese occupation, 1942-1945 -- Fiction.
                        Soldiers -- Fiction.
                        World War, 1939-1945 -- Philippines -- Fiction.

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