- Published: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2010.
- Year Published: 2010
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 245 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 650
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The things a brother knows
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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Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.
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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