Great Falls

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Product Details

Price
$17.99
Publisher
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publish Date
Pages
256
Dimensions
5.5 X 8.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780763671556
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About the Author

Steve Watkins is the author of the novels Down Sand Mountain, What Comes After, and Juvie. A retired professor of journalism, creative writing, and Vietnam War literature, he now teaches Ashtanga yoga and works with the child-advocacy organization CASA. Steve Watkins lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Reviews

Watkins' latest (Juvie, 2013, etc.) rings with the truth of the plight of veterans who've struggled to return to their daily lives after having witnessed what no doubt is sheer horror. Shane's present-tense narration is fast-paced, full of blunt, uncompromising, sometimes-shocking cruelty. Readers can't help noticing how Watkins plays Shane's football prowess against Jeremy's war stories. Both are battered warriors making sense of what they've been taught to do. A gripping, moving, disturbing tale of homecoming.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Watkins' treatment of the troubled Jeremy is unsparingly honest yet deeply compassionate, and his fastpaced, suspenseful story is a searing indictment of war and its impact on those who are trying to do a job in the face of unforgiving tragedy.
--Booklist Online

Watkins (Juvie) delivers a powerful, emotionally raw tale, heartbreaking in its portrayal of damaged veterans, the price some pay to serve, and the toll it takes on their friends and family.
--Publishers Weekly

This stirring untold story sheds light on issues that those in the military face. The gritty language underlies the young men's continuous struggles. Watkins portrays family life with a returning veteran with PTSD in a way that will appeal to reluctant readers, especially those who like war or adventure stories.
--School Library Journal