The Things a Brother Knows

By Dana Reinhardt
(Wendy Lamb Books, Hardcover, 9780375844553, 256pp.)

Publication Date: September 14, 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Autumn 2010 Kids' Next List
“A story about war but more a story about sibling love. Levi's brother has returned from the Iraq War but has shut himself off from the world. Levi, the younger brother wants things to be the way it was before-but learns that before was just that. A tense, thought-provoking drama about the love of brothers and of the wounds of war not noticably present. Follow Boaz and Levi as they journey by foot from NYC to Washington, D.C.”
-- Paula Primavera, Covered Treasures Bookstore, Monument, CO


Description

The story of a young marine’s return from war in the Middle East and the psychological effects it has on his family.

Finally, Levi Katznelson’s older brother, Boaz, has returned. Boaz was a high school star who had it all and gave it up to serve in a war Levi can’t understand. Things have been on hold since Boaz left. With the help of his two best friends Levi has fumbled his way through high school, weary of his role as little brother to the hero.

But when Boaz walks through the front door after his tour of duty is over, Levi knows there’s something wrong. Boaz is home, safe. But Levi knows that his brother is not the same.

Maybe things will never return to normal. Then Boaz leaves again, and this time Levi follows him, determined to understand who his brother was, who he has become, and how to bring him home again.

Award-winning author Dana Reinhardt introduces readers to Levi, who has never known what he believes, and whose journey reveals truths only a brother knows.




About the Author

Dana Reinhardt lives in San Francisco with her husband and their two daughters. She is the author of A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, Harmless, and How to Build a House.
Visit her at www.danareinhardt.net.




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  1. Boaz’s decision to join the Marines is completely unexpected. How does Boaz’s personal choice affect his entire family? In what ways does his return home bring the pain of Bo’s choice out in the open?

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