Welcome to V day happy challengers!
I'd like to be slightly serious for a moment and share a book title with you about the Vietnam War. To be sure, war is not a kid subject but it provides a good opportunity for kids to study the reasons and the effects of war. The problem is, though, that sometimes the subject matter is too intense for our little ones to handle.
I found a series, mostly aimed at the younger fellows, that brings the serious subject to a level they can understand.
Vietnam: I Pledge Allegiance by Chris Lynch
Few authors write about history and war and this is just the kind of stuff young guys like to read about. Read the blurb from Goodreads.com and see if you don't think your guy might like this:
Four best friends. Four ways to serve their country.What do you think? Sounds great right? The only other author I know of that writes about this topic for the guys is Walter Dean Myers.
Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck are best friends for life. So when one of the teens is drafted into the Vietnam War, the others sign up, too. Although they each serve in a different branch, they are fighting the war together--and they pledge to do all they can to come home together.
Haunted by dreams of violence and death, Morris makes it his personal mission to watch over his friends--and the best place to do that is in the US Navy. Stationed off the coast of Vietnam on the USS Boston, Morris and his fellow sailors provide crucial support to the troops on the ground.
But the Boston itself isn't safe from attack. And as Morris finds his courage and resolve tested like never before, he keeps coming back to a single thought.
He made a pledge. He must keep them safe.
What do you think? Have you read anything by Chris Lynch or Walter Dean Myers?
~Pammy Pam, An Unconventional Librarian