All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg audiobook

All the Broken Pieces

By Ann E. Burg
Read by Tobias Christian Wong

Scholastic Inc
1.85 Hours 1
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Two years after being airlifted out of war-torn Vietnam, Matt Pin is haunted: by bombs that fell like dead crows, by the family—and the terrible secret—he left behind. Now, inside a caring adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events force him to choose between silence and candor, blame and forgiveness, fear and freedom. By turns harrowing, dreamlike, sad, and triumphant, this searing debut novel, written in lucid verse, reveals an unforgettable perspective on the lasting impact of war and the healing power of love.

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Summary

Summary

Two years after being airlifted out of war-torn Vietnam, Matt Pin is haunted: by bombs that fell like dead crows, by the family—and the terrible secret—he left behind. Now, inside a caring adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events force him to choose between silence and candor, blame and forgiveness, fear and freedom. By turns harrowing, dreamlike, sad, and triumphant, this searing debut novel, written in lucid verse, reveals an unforgettable perspective on the lasting impact of war and the healing power of love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Burg beautifully evokes the emotions of a Vietnamese adoptee as he struggles to come to terms with his past…The war-torn Vietnamese village that appears in Matt’s recurring nightmares sharply contrasts with the haven he has in America. Burg presents lasting images of both.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Short, compelling, and bittersweet…While the novel is written in verse, Wong’s haunting delivery carries the story with the immediacy of first-person prose. His quiet narration pulls us in, so we listen almost holding our breath as Matt’s devastating secrets are revealed.” AudioFile
“This stirring debut novel is about much more than therapy and survivor guilt…The haunting metaphors are never forced, and the intensity of simple words, on the baseball field and in the war zone, will make readers want to rush to the end and then return to the beginning again to make connections between past and present, friends and enemies.” Booklist (starred review)
“With tenderness in his youthful voice…Wong brings captivating sensitivity to his reading of this poetic novel…Wong gracefully handles the simple free verse, creating a sympathetic character in Pin, a youngster who loves baseball, music, and his caring family…Wong also does a good job with intense scenes involving an angry, bigoted teammate and moving passages in which Pin interacts with his admired, cancer-stricken coach and haunted war veterans.” Booklist (audio review)
“A beautifully written novel in verse…Matt’s insecurities feel real throughout, and the manner in which he resolves some of his issues are true to the character and the nature of the text.” Children’s Literature
“Graceful symmetries between brother and brother, father and son, past and present, guilt and forgiveness, shed light on the era and the individual. The verse form carries highly charged emotions and heavy content with elegiac simplicity. A memorable debut.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Ann E. Burg

Author Bio: Ann E. Burg

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 1.85
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English