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I Had Seen Castles

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Publisher Comments:

John Dante is seventeen when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, and he wants to fight for his country. But then he falls head over heels for Ginny Burton, who is against all war, and his beliefs are suddenly questioned. Rather than be judged a traitor or a coward, though, John enlists--a decision that changes his life forever.

Includes a reader's guide and an inverview with the author.

Review:

"Newbery Medalist Rylant has always let her readers slip easily into her characters' hearts and souls. Never before, however, has she so successfully portrayed the thoughts and emotions of a character as she has here. From the very first page, the reader feels like John Dante: 17, idealistic and itching for life to begin — a life outside of Pittsburgh and preferably one that includes Europe and castles. This engaging and utterly believable protagonist gets his new life, but through experiencing the shock of the attack on Pearl Harbor, enlisting in the army to avenge his country, falling in love with a beautiful, singular girl named Ginny, undergoing the hell that is war and discovering how its brutal reality can change so many lives forever. Rylant's story is heartbreaking in its honesty; her controlled, elegant prose lends poignancy to the story's emotional depth. The volume is deceptively slim; this finely drawn novel projects emotional truths to rival those of Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front. A love story, a coming-of-age tale, a book with a passionate anti-war message, I Had Seen Castles is not to be missed. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Now an old man, John is haunted by memories of enlisting to fight in the WWII, a decision that forced him to face the horrors of war and changed his life forever.

About the Author

CYNTHIA RYLANT is the acclaimed author of many beloved books for young people, including the Mr. Putter & Tabby series, the novel Missing May, which received the Newbery Medal, and the Little Whistle series. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
 

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alliewerman, August 21, 2008 (view all comments by alliewerman)
I liked this book, but it was very short and kind of confusing when John was talking about when he was 18, then when he was 50, and so forth. On the other hand, I liked how it wasn't too predictable. Also, the vivid description on pages 2, 3, and 4, which was when John was describing his old house, was very descriptive. Cynthia Rylant, great job on writing the book! I would definately read it again!
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maddboarder15190, May 19, 2006 (view all comments by maddboarder15190)
though i havent read the whole book yet i feel that the first begging chapters are alittle confusing switching from his age (17) to his future ( 50 years later)... i will keep you updated when more through the book and/ or when i finsh
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780152053123
Author:
Rylant, Cynthia
Publisher:
Harcourt Paperbacks
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Historical - Military & Wars
Subject:
Historical - United States - General
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7 x 4.5 in 0.2 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 128 pages Harcourt Paperbacks - English 9780152053123 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Newbery Medalist Rylant has always let her readers slip easily into her characters' hearts and souls. Never before, however, has she so successfully portrayed the thoughts and emotions of a character as she has here. From the very first page, the reader feels like John Dante: 17, idealistic and itching for life to begin — a life outside of Pittsburgh and preferably one that includes Europe and castles. This engaging and utterly believable protagonist gets his new life, but through experiencing the shock of the attack on Pearl Harbor, enlisting in the army to avenge his country, falling in love with a beautiful, singular girl named Ginny, undergoing the hell that is war and discovering how its brutal reality can change so many lives forever. Rylant's story is heartbreaking in its honesty; her controlled, elegant prose lends poignancy to the story's emotional depth. The volume is deceptively slim; this finely drawn novel projects emotional truths to rival those of Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front. A love story, a coming-of-age tale, a book with a passionate anti-war message, I Had Seen Castles is not to be missed. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Now an old man, John is haunted by memories of enlisting to fight in the WWII, a decision that forced him to face the horrors of war and changed his life forever.

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