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The Road Home

The Road Home

Fall 1995 Fiction
Ages: 12 - 16 yrs.
Author: Ellen Emerson White
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0590467387
Rebecca Phillips, a gifted young nurse in Viet Nam, who could lift the spirits of patients and staff, returns to work in the combat hospital's emergency room; she's just survived a helicopter crash which killed her friends and injured her. She works mechanically, living for letters from Mike, the young soldier she loves. Her only fear now is that Mike will be injured and show up in her emergency room. Sometimes worst fears come true.

Developing Rebecca's experiences in Viet Nam in excruciating detail and then bringing her home to a hostile nation is as disorienting to Rebecca as it is to the reader. She's living through a time when our foreign policy split us all into allegiances so passionate it felt we had lost our national reason. The Road Home gives us perspective on that era.

Kemie Nix   ©1995 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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