Friday, February 8, 2013

SOMEBODY, PLEASE TELL ME WHO I AM by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

SOMEBODY, PLEASE TELL ME WHO I AM by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis is the recent winner of the Schneider Family Book Award.  It was an excellent choice!

High school senior Ben Bright surprises everyone when he decides to postpone college to enlist in the reserves.  He is determined to serve his country so his family and fiancee reluctantly support his decision.  Not expecting immediate deployment, he heads off to boot camp.

Ben does get an Iraq assignment right out of boot camp.  He assures his family he will be going into friendly territory, and he'll be home before they know it.  His fiancee Ariela heads off to college and his best friend Niko works on finishing his last year of high school. 

Life changes for everyone when an IED explodes destroying Chad's unit's Humvee.  Chad suffers a traumatic brain injury that leaves him in a coma and leaves his family and friends waiting to see what long term damage has been done. 

SOMEBODY, PLEASE TELL ME WHO I AM follows Chad and his family through the early stages of the recovery process.  Author Harry Mazer tackles the subject of modern warfare and the horrific injuries our veterans and their families are struggling with every day.  Chad's story is heartbreaking yet inspiring and will give teens a different look at what war means.

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