Release Date: July 1, 2012 (original release 1993)
Publisher: Tribute Books
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
BACK TO BATAAN is a coming of age story, set in New York City during WWII. The main character, Jack, is only eleven years old. From the cover I expected him to be a full-fledged teenager and so was understandably confused by the language in the story. Once I realized that he was only eleven, the story made more sense.
Jack attends a private school on scholarship. His father died in the war and his mother works at a parachute factory. When his 'fiancee' throws him over for a rich boy, he commits a crime and runs off to live with the hobos. As expected for a boy that young, most of his decisions are very emotional.
The story would, I think, appeal to the younger end of the YA group. I had a hard time relating to Jack, but I think it's because he's so young. It's a good story and I think that younger boys, as well as girls, would find it interesting.
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