Saturday, April 18, 2009
All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
Matt was sent to the US with some soldiers by his Vietnamese mother to save him from the war and he is living in a happy family now. His parents have a younger boy and Matt is feeling worried that they don’t want him now because he feels he did something wrong. During some bombing in the war Matt and his younger Vietnamese brother left the house and his brother was injured. Shortly after that his Vietnamese mother sent him to the United States and Matt believes that she blamed him for his brother's injuries. He is also sure that his new parents will send him away eventually too. Matt is an amazing baseball pitcher but has hesitated to try out for the team because of some racist comments at school. But encouraged by his dad he tries out and makes the team. The coach insists that everyone work together as a team and Matt finally has a chance to shine - until the coach has to leave for health reasons. When his replacement shows up he is a wounded Vietnam War veteran who shows everyone something new.