Dogtag Summer by Elizabeth Partridge

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Twelve-year-old Tracy-or Tuyet-has always felt different. The villagers in Vietnam called her con-lai, or "half-breed," because her father was an American GI. And she doesn't fit in with her adoptive family in California, either. But when Tracy and a friend discover a soldier's dogtag hidden among her father's things, it sets her past and her present on a collision course. Where should her broken heart come to rest? In a time and place she remembers only in her dreams? Or among the people she now calls family? Partridge's sensitive portrayal of a girl and her family grappling with the complicated legacy of war is as timely today as the events were decades ago.

About Elizabeth Partridge

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ELIZABETH PARTRIDGE is the author of several award-winning books for young readers, including Marching to Freedom, This Land Was Made for You and Me, and John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth. Elizabeth lives in
Published March 15, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 240 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A child of conflict struggles to understand her past and her present in this impressive historical novel.

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This gripping yet tender coming-of-age story reveals multiple nuanced perspectives of the Vietnam War and its aftermath in the summer of 1980. A backfiring school bus triggers a series of flashbacks f

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From the hut by a brown river where Tracey and her grandmother used to fish and gather snails, to the steamy trailer where Stargazer’s family lives with two dogs, to the swimming hole where the children swim until they’re “too cold to move”—lovely prose descriptions root the story.

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But when she and her best friend find a soldier's dogtag, she is jarred by memories from her life in Vietnam, and the lingering anti-war sentiments that surround her today.

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