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Testa, Maria.
Boston : Candlewick Press, 2003
IL 5-8, RL 5.4
ISBN 0763619965
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“I did not tell Daddy that he was wrong -- that second grade was half a hallway and a whole world away from first, that seven was everything six was not, and that one year was forever.”  These are the things with which the six-year old narrator must deal when her father is drafted and has to go to Vietnam in 1967.  These are some of her worries; along with the fear of forgetting what the sound of her father’s voice is like, the worry that even though he is a doctor, “Doctors get hurt, too…bullets and bombs do not care that you went to medical school,” and the even greater fear when her father’s letters stop coming and no one seems to know where he is.  This insight into the feelings of love and loss, told in short poems, lets us into the heart of a family who must deal with the universal feelings of fear and loss when one of its members must go off to war and will be gone Almost Forever.  (Jane Chinault,  South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)
SUBJECTS:     Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- United States -- Fiction.
                        Fathers -- Fiction.
                        Mother and child -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.


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