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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.

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Half Vietnamese, half American, Tracys not sure she fits in with her family in California. But when she and her best friend find a soldiers dogtag, she is jarred by memories from her life in Vietnam, and the lingering anti-war sentiments that surround her today. Where is home when youre a child of war? Is it the country thats buried deep within your memories? Or is it the place you live, among the people you call family?

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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 California.www.elizabethpartridge.com

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Beverly B, November 15, 2014 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Set in the years following the end of the Vietnam war, Dogtag Summer is a sweet coming of age story. Author, Elizabeth Partridge, does a good job of showing the impact of the war through the eyes of a child who doesn't understand the war, but lives with the suffering it causes. Partridge also does a good job of showing the strong feelings Americans had about the war. War orphan, Tracy, sees the hostility some people have towards vets. She also sees how vets are honored and respected. These conflicting points of view add to her confusion and feelings of isolation. Her father was an American soldier. She doesn't know what happened to her extended Vietnamese family. Her adopted American parents are loving and supportive, but Tracy feels like she can't talk to them about her feelings of loneliness and doubt. She also knows her parents are keeping secrets, and she fears the secrets are about her. As Tracy's memories of her life during the war begin to surface, she pulls away from her parents and best friend. She begins to have nightmares and feelings of doom. I appreciated that Partridge does not neatly wrap up all of the conflicts for an unrealistic happily ever after ending. But Tracy, and her parents, do learn that keeping secrets does not heal emotional wounds. And Tracy learns that a true friend will forgive you if you ask.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781599908298
Author:
Partridge, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
Subject:
Historical - Military & Wars
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Military and War
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.86 x 5.24 x 0.635 in
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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Half Vietnamese, half American, Tracys not sure she fits in with her family in California. But when she and her best friend find a soldiers dogtag, she is jarred by memories from her life in Vietnam, and the lingering anti-war sentiments that surround her today. Where is home when youre a child of war? Is it the country thats buried deep within your memories? Or is it the place you live, among the people you call family?

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