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  • Published: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 245 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • Lexile: 650

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0375844554

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The things a brother knows

by Reinhardt, Dana.

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Call number: Teen Fiction

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Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.

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Confronting the War

Engaging setup here. Levi, the younger brother to returning war hero, Boaz, is our protagonist. Reinhardt does a nice job capturing Levi's identity as a realistic teenager trying to define himself in the shadow of his elder sibling, though I don't find him a terribly original character. It's not that he's generic or stock, but he has the potential to be so much deeper. I was just waiting for that moment when he became more than a character and part of the reader's living consciousness.

Back to the story, Levi's older brother, Boaz, was his boyhood hero, but since he has returned from "the war," presumably Iraq or Afghanistan, he is now a very changed man. As Levi says, his brother left for the war a man and came back a ghost. Boaz spends his time holed up in his sty of a room, rarely communicating or even eating with his family, as he becomes the concern that's preoccupying everyone's mind with concern. When Boaz disappears, Levi must decide how far he's willing to go to get his estranged brother back.

Never a commentary on the legitimacy of this war, the book focuses instead on how people try to help loved ones who have been through trauma, thus widening the thematic interest to a greater audience.

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