By Barry Lyga
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780547076638, 295pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2008
Everyone is treating Kevin as a hero. He was in the right place and the right time and he saved a girl from being murdered. Only Kevin knows though, why he was able to save her. Things get even more complicated when Kevin is seen removing two patriotic Support the Troops” ribbons from his car bumper. Now the town that lauded him as a hero turns on him, calling him unpatriotic. Kevin, who hadn't thought much about it up to then, becomes politcially engaged, suddenly questioning what exactly supporting the troops or even saying the pledge of allegiance every day means.
"Leavened by much humorthis neatly plotted look at what real patriotism and heroism mean will get readers thinking."--KLIATT, starred review
"Lyga’s fans will be rewarded by his authentic teen characters, his willingness to tackle tough issues, and, most importantly, his ability to encourage a dialogue that is crucial to democratic participation."--School Library Journal
"This novel proves that there are still fresh ideas and new, interesting story lines to be explored in young adult literature . . . a perfect discussion-group book and is extremely current in a unique way that is not political."--VOYA, (4Q4P)