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A New York Times bestseller! It's 1945, and the world is in the grip of war. Hideki lives on the island of Okinawa, near Japan. When WWII crashes onto his shores, Hideki is drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps to fight for the Japanese army. He is handed a grenade and a set of instructions: Don't come back until you've killed an American soldier. Ray, a young American Marine, has just landed on…

Grenade. An interesting look at a historical event. More importantly, it is a look at human nature in wartime, how people get caught up in it and do things they’d never think of doing otherwise. Perhaps that’s part of the horrors, people remembering what they did in those insane times and conditions.

The story follows the struggles of an Okinawan young boy, who overcomes great odds to survive the fighting while remaining true to himself. There is a great deal of death and tragedies in the story and so I wouldn’t recommend it for too young a reader but high school-aged students should read it.

An interesting point of it that I have heard before is when it is mentioned in the book that brave people are not without fear, but rather they are brave in the way they handle their fears.

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