"I WANTED TO SERVE, TO BE PART OF THIS THING MY FATHER HAD GIVEN HIS LIFE FOR. I DIDN'T WANT THE WAR TO END, AND ALL I'D BE ABLE TO SAY WAS, NO I DIDN'T SERVE, I WAS RIGHT HERE THE WHOLE WAR, SAFE IN BAKERSFIELD."
Adam Pelko witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that killed his father, a lieutenant on the USS Arizona. Even though Adam is underage, he defies his mother's wishes and enlists in the Marines. Sent first to boot camp, then to Okinawa, he experiences the stark reality of war firsthand -- the camaraderie and the glory as well as the grueling regimen, the paralyzing fear, and death. And at every turn, Adam must confront memories of his father.
In the concluding volume of his World War II trilogy, Harry Mazer masterfully illustrates Adam's journey as he navigates brutal circumstances that no boy should know.
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Heroes Don't Run
I'm a 4th grade teacher & had several boys at a higher reading level. They saw the cover & were interested in reading. In fact, one of my lowest level readers was really interested in reading this book so it was an incentive for him to get his work done so he could join the group to read.
At the time I purchased the book, I didn't realize it was the 3rd book in the set. As the boys read in their small group, I listened in, corrected words, and explained words or parts to them so they understood the context. They enjoyed the book so much that when they finished, they asked it I could buy the other books on the back so they could "keep reading." They were also concerned about the title A Boy No More, that Adam would be killed.
I pulled up book info on Scholastic with boys in tow, and they realized that books were for gr. 6-8, and were quick to point that out. These young gentlemen in my class were able to read the material, and handle the content. It also led to other discussions and research for them, which they shared with their classmates.
In looking up the two other books, we found that they actually preceded Heros. I explained this to the boys and they were excited to be able to read and find out what actually happened to Adam's dad.
In 10 years of teaching, I have NEVER had a group of boys so interested in reading. Every chance they got, they asked it they could go off and read. They set up a bunker under an extra, small teacher's desk I had in the room. It is still beyond me how 4 of them got underneath it to read all the time, but they did. They were so engrossed, they forgot that they had read the end already in the 3rd book. I sat quietly and let them go. I did preread the 1st two books when they arrived and it provided a lot of info on Pearl Harbor and the attacks, so there were parts of the books that I sat and read through with the boys.
I found videos for them to watch through some of our programs, and I had to back them up because they thought they saw Adam or his dad. That's how into the books they were. One of the boys wanted to go to Hawaii for Memorial Day so he could pay his respects on the USS Arizona. Instead, we set up a Memorial in class, and pulled the USS Arizona Memorial up on the internet, said the Pledge and laid a flag in front of our Smart Board.
Hats off to Harry Mazar for getting boys interested in reading and letting them know and learn about American History at the same time. My first group inspired a second group of boys to engage into this series right before the end of the year. Hopefully they will continue to read over the summer.
I plan to use this series again next year, and start earlier in the year. I'm going to involve all of the students and contact a local Veteran to visit out class also.
Heroes don't run
I have read the first two books and super excited to read this one
I red this book in 4th grade and I am now in 10th grade and I couldn't remember the name and I googled so much. And I just went to the restroom and saw a book magazine that's my 10 yr old sisters and I curiously looked in it and saw the same set of books with this book in it. I was so happy to find it thank you harry mazer for making this great book!!!