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In My Mailbox (9)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren to showcase all the awesome books that we have had contact with during the week.

My IMM post this Memorial Day features books that are military/war related. I thought it would be a fitting time to showcase these beauties. 

Dogtag Summer
Dogtag Summer by Elizabeth Partridge.

I had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful author at the IRA convention. While she was signing my book, she told me a little bit about the story that inspired this novel. It's based on theVietnam War, and many of the stories that are told by the protagonist are actual stories relayed to her by a Vietnam vet. Coming from a long line of military service members, this book instantly touched my heart. During our conversation I told her about my grandfather that served in Korea. She was so compassionate and caring; it was heartwarming. I actually do not plan to read this book (as of yet) because I passed it along to my co-worker. Her father served in Vietnam, and I thought she would appreciate this story.

Chains Forge (Seeds of America)
Chains and Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson.

I've actually had Chains for some time now, but I bought Forge this week. Anderson is an amazing storyteller, and I cannot wait to read these books. Speak and Twisted are two of my all-time favorite books, so I know I won't be disappointed. 

Now Is the Time for Running
Now Is the Time For Running by Michael Williams.

At first glance I thought this was going to be a soccer story, or some sports story at least, but I was wrong. Soccer is at the heart of the story, but it's also about Zimbabwe refugees fleeing for safety and acceptance. It seems like it's going to be really powerful. A quote from the back says, "... this staggering story of survival follows Dea and his mentally handicapped brother on a transformative journey that will remain with readers long after the last page."


  1. The running book is now added to my TBR list. Thanks for recommending it.


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Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

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