No Surrender Soldier

No Surrender Soldier

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A young man, an old soldier, and a terrible injustice. Should the punishment be death? Growing up on Guam in 1972, fifteen-year-old Kiko is beset by worries:
He’s never kissed a girl, and he thinks it’s possible he never will. The
popular guys get all the attention, but the worst part is that Kiko has
serious problems at home. His older brother is missing in Vietnam; his
grandfather is losing it to dementia; he just learned that his mother
was raped in World War II by a Japanese soldier. It all comes together
when he discovers an old man, a Japanese soldier, hiding in the jungle
behind his house. It’s not the same man who raped his mother, but, in
his rage, Kiko cares only about protecting his family and avenging his
mom – no matter what it takes. And so, a shy, peaceable boy begins to
plan a murder. But how far will Kiko go to prove to himself that he’s a
man? Based on a historical incident, No Surrender Soldier is the story
of a boy grappling with ancient questions of courage and manhood before
he can move on.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 139.7 x 214.31 x 22mm | 385.55g
  • Holbrook, MA, United States
  • English
  • 1440565619
  • 9781440565618
  • 3,065,881

Review quote

"The story gracefully weaves parallels between Kiko and Seto, giving it depth and complexity. An unusual, resonant debut." --Kirkus Reviews

"An interesting account of history that paints a picture of life both on and off the battlefield.... This debut transports readers to an exotic place in a troubled time and reveals that being a teenager in Guam is not so different from being a teen elsewhere in the world." --Booklist
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About Christine Kohler

A prolific writer, teacher, and journalist, Christine Kohler has lived all over the world with her Air Force husband, including island nations like the setting for No Surrender Soldier, her first young adult novel. Her children's and young people's books about topics that range from religion to music are widely read. She and her family now call Texas home.
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Rating details

107 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 39% (42)
4 30% (32)
3 21% (23)
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