The Things a Brother Knows

By Dana Reinhardt
(Ember, Paperback, 9780375844560, 256pp.)

Publication Date: September 13, 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Hardcover

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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

Levi's older brother Boaz returns from fighting with the Marines in the Middle East. He's safe. Levi's family has waited three long years for this. But Boaz is no longer the brother Levi thought he knew. Even if nobody else wants to see it, Levi can tell that Boaz has changed; something's wrong. When Boaz announces he's off to hike the Appalachian Trail, Levi knows he's lying. He's heading somewhere else. So Levi follows, determined to understand who his brother was, what he's been through, and how to bring him home again.




About the Author

DANA REINHARDT is the author of A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, Harmless, and How to Build a House. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters.




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CONVERSATION STARTERS

  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?




Praise For The Things a Brother Knows

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2010:
"The emotional journey is leavened with humor and a little romance, but it moves toward the conclusion with an inevitability that grabs and doesn't let go. Every character contributes and brings a point of view that adds to a fuller picture of the personal consequences of war without being simplistically pro or anti. Powerful."

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 30, 2010:
"With exceptional sensitivity, Reinhardt (How to Build a House) chronicles a soldier’s troubling homecoming, in this timely novel told from his younger brother’s point of view . . . Reinhardt personalizes a soldier’s traumas in terms civilians can understand. Levi’s growing comprehension of Boaz’s internal turmoil is gracefully and powerfully evoked."

Starred Review, Booklist, October 1, 2010:
"Reinhardt’s poignant story of a soldier coping with survivor’s guilt and trauma, and his Israeli American family’s struggle to understand and help, is timely and honest."

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