I recently had the honor to narrate a powerful and moving YA story about a young marine in Iraq: Purple Heart, by the amazing Patricia McCormick. Her novels include Cut, Sold, and Never Fall Down, among others.
She’s a two time National Book Award Finalist and tackles the tough stuff in YA literature: emotions and hard situations that are very real to the kids and young adults struggling through them. Check out her books and interact with her on Facebook and Twitter!
AudioFile Magazine wrote a great review recently:
McCormick’s story tells of the uncertainty of life in a war zone through the experiences of one soldier. Adam Verner’s narration is straightforward and unemotional. Private Matt Duffy receives a Purple Heart when he wakes up in an army hospital in Iraq. But, haunted by the death of a young Iraqi boy and confusing memories of what happened, he doesn’t feel like a hero. Without judgment, Verner shines a light on the human cost of war–on soldiers and civilians– allowing the listener to weigh, with Matt, the cost to humanity that war, violence, and distrust exact. Delivering the objective third-person viewpoint, Verner brings listeners into Matt’s world, allowing us to feel his fears, confusion, and need to understand what happened, and reach our own conclusions. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2015]