Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Back to Bataan by Jerome Charyn

Back to Bataan by Jerome Charyn
Release Date:  July 1, 2012 (original release 1993)
Publisher:  Tribute Books
ISBN: 978-0985792206
ebook format

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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