Fallout by Jim Lester
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Sent to Bedford Academy to get himself straightened out, Kenny Francis, a high-school junior, struggles to live up to memories of his war-hero father, who died in Vietnam, until he stumbles upon some painful truths about his father and learns to accept himself for what he is.

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published January 1, 1996 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 212 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Raised on stories of his father's heroic achievements in school, football, and Vietnam, Kenny has grown into a self-disparaging ne'er-do-well given to reckless behavior and macho posturing.

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Lester crams a sheaf of ambitious themes and topics into what is almost a promising debut, but he never quite hits the mark with any of them. The plot itself juggles well-worn YA story lines: the misf

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Kenny Francis, a self-described ""screwup,"" has been packed off for one last chance to get his act together at the Texas prep school attended by his father, who distinguished himself on the school's football field before dying a hero's death in Vietnam, never to meet his son.

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