Hobbs, Valerie. Sonny's war.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Book Review - Young Adult Review - Brief Article

Farrar, Straus. 215p. c2002. 0-374-37136-9. $16.00. JS *

Hobbs gives readers a strong narrative from the year 1968, a terrible year for Cory's family and for America. This is the year of the Tet Offensive, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy. Cory's father died that year, and her older brother Sonny decides to go to fight in Vietnam, even though he could be excused from the draft because of his father's death. So Cory and her mother are left to cope with their grief and fear in the small California town where they are trying to make a go of a small restaurant. Cory is in the 9th grade and soon gets a crush on her new history teacher, a radical graduate student who gets the class asking questions about the war. Cory joins the small peace movement at the high school, even as she...

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