The main character matt tries to fit in but he constantly gets made fun of for being vietnamese. Readers who are not poetry readers and those who claim not to like verse novels should be encouraged to try this one. Or are the two so intertwined that they are one and the same? Once a week he goes to a meeting for Vietnam veterans, A very sweet, touching story, making real the horrors of the Vietnam War but at the same time still appropriate for 9-to-12s. I have that issue with this book. But she was already swelled with love for him when he left, taking with him his blue-eyed promise that it would not end there, with the smell of burnt flesh and the sound of crying children. Their encouragement along with that of another Vietnam vet, the game of baseball, and Matt's interest in music work together to start the healing process. Matt's parents love him unconditionally, the same as they do their biological son, but they also don't try to deny his heritage.
Burg truly shows that love can have many forms, and illustrates how the many sides of love can help and hurt people. He hasn't forgotten the sounds, the smells, and the horrors of war. I can completely empathize with his condition and sympathize with the loss of his mother. My favourite passage for the last three lines. They teamed up and though you can't beat mental illness, it certainly helps to have someone strong and loving in your corner.
You are safe now, you are home. There was one quote that stuck with me from this book. Harrison is immediately drawn to Jeremy, but Jeremy is taking time to himself after a bad relationship. I really felt a strong con All the Broken Pieces is the story of Matt Pin, a twelve-year-old Amerasian boy who was born in Vietnam but currently lives in the United States. And on top of all of that, on top of enlightening the modern young reader about this forty-year-old war, I think this book is also a good example of how an adoptive family should be. They each have their own emotional baggage, but together they learn that they do not have to suffer alone. The main character matt tries to fit in but he constantly gets made fun of for being vietnamese.
Harrison is a man who lives by his rules, trying to fight off the depressive episodes he has. First, I have to admit that the cover of this book is a huge turn off for me. The downside is that Matt also remembers Vietnam. Both men have their issues that they need to work through. She also explains that love is a pattern, and it will always repeat itself over and over.
My focus is on books for middle grades and high school age readers. All three men are still working on calming their demons, as well as hold on to each other. Dean Schneider teaches middle school English. One of the reasons I liked this book is because it mixes in baseball with certain historical events, like the war. Maybe love is like that.
I had not previously heard of this author, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The poetry cuts through all the crap and gets right to the point: Matt feels guilty about everything. Vietnam is a multi-faceted subject and Burg does an admirable job in paying tribute to its many aspects. The other boy told him this twice, and it seemed like Matt was hurt. Kudos to another one of my favorite authors Syneca Featherstone.
I was actually craving one. I wanted to shield him from the hate. Harrison intimately understands his depression and the effects it has upon him. From now on, the only person Jeremy wants to save is himself. Another book about prior child abuse and depression. So I feel bad that I just didn't love this one. The story is well-written and emotionally driven.
That means staying away from people who are damaged. They try to make the relationship work, each of them with a specific part to play in this relationship and for once, it seemed like everything was going to be okay because of their love for each other, but a threat from Mateo's past rears it's ugly head and destabilises their balance and for a moment everything seems lost, but they remember what it was that made them click, And how they were stronger together than trying to fight the threat alone. He is very surprised at first that so many people seem to despise him even though he did't do anything wrong. While that's absolutely essential, it is also not the end of the story as Matt and his new family will continue to navigate treacherous emotional terrain and Matt will continue to slowly move through the healing process. Matt's brother is venturing out of the house one day, during bombings, and loses his arms and legs. There are so many times that I meet someone and they seem to absolutely despise me, even though I didn't really do anything to them.
Parents need to know that this powerful first-person story reveals the nearly universal fears of adoptees as well as the horrors of war experienced by a child. I still teach at the college level - Children's and Adolescent Literature - and I truly enjoy connecting my students with great books. The author does so, seemingly effortlessly, delivering a book that explores loss, trauma, immigration, and acceptance while providing some hope that things will become easier for Matt. I am not sure how the ending could have been different, but it left me a bit sad and unresolved?? Doing what they have to do to always be those 3 pieces that make that beautiful, perfectly imperfect Full Circle. It's a unique story with layered characters I couldn't help but fall in love with. To view it, All The Broken Pieces is about 12-year old Amerasian Matt Pin, who has an American father who abandoned him and a Vietnamese mother. Here is one verse from the early part of the novel that captures the power and talent of the writing: He never saw my face.