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By A.S. King

Fortunate Linderman did not ask for his lifestyles. He did not ask his grandfather to not come domestic from the Vietnam battle. He did not ask for a father who by no means obtained over it. He did not ask for a mom who retains pretending their dysfunctional kinfolk is ok. And he did not ask to be the objective of Nader McMillan's relentless bullying, which has ultimately long gone too far.

But fortunate has a secret--one that is helping him plow through the mundane torture of his existence. In his goals, fortunate escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos--the legal his grandfather could not escape--where fortunate could be a actual guy, an adventurer, and a hero. it truly is harmful and wild, and it is a position the place his existence simply will be worthy dwelling. yet how lengthy can fortunate hold hiding in his goals earlier than fact forces its approach inside?

Michael L. Printz Honor recipient A.S. King's clever, humorous and boldly unique writing shines during this robust novel approximately studying to deal with the shrapnel lifestyles throws at you--and taking a stand opposed to it.

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