Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review: War &Watermelon

From the book: It's the summer of 1969. We've just landed on the moon, the Vietnam War is heating up, the Mets are beginning their famous World Series run, and Woodstock is rocking upstate New York. Down in New Jersey, twelve-year-old Brody is mostly concerned with the top ten hits on the radio and how much playing time he'll get on the football team. But when he goes along for the ride to Woodstock with his older brother and sees the mass of humanity there, he starts to wake up to the world around him-a world that could take away the brother he loves.

This young adult novel from Rich Wallace follows the life of a teenage Brody through the summer before middle school. While dealing with usual teenage circumstances like girls and football, Brody must also deal with the looming prospect of his nearly eighteen year old brother being drafted. Through a series of events from Woodstock to his brothers arrest for protesting, Brody starts to understand the political turmoil that surrounds him.

A quick read that I enjoyed though probably better suited for teenage boys, this was a great summer book that gave me a better understanding of life in the 60's.

 Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book for review by the author and TLC Tours. The thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.