When Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital in Iraq, he's honored with a Purple Heart. But he doesn't feel like a hero.
There's a memory that haunts him: an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits his chest. Matt can't shake the feeling that he was somehow involved in his death. But because of a head injury he sustained just moments after the boy was shot, Matt can't quite put all the pieces together.
Eventually Matt is sent back into combat with his squad—Justin, Wolf, and Charlene—the soldiers who have become his family during his time in Iraq. He just wants to go back to being the soldier he once was. But he sees potential threats everywhere and lives in fear of not being able to pull the trigger when the time comes. In combat there is no black-and-white, and Matt soon discovers that the notion of who is guilty is very complicated indeed.
National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick has written a visceral and compelling portrait of life in a war zone, where loyalty is valued above all, and death is terrifyingly commonplace.
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|Full title||purple heart|
|Last Update||2018-05-08 08:24:05AM|
|Last Indexed||2018-06-18 04:56:42AM|
|author||McCormick, Patricia, 1956-|
|author2-role||Verner, Adam,narrator., hoopla digital.|
|detailed_location_arlington||Central Teen Fiction, hoopla|
|display_description||While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.|
|format_category_arlington||Audio Books, Books|
|isbn||9780061730900, 9780061730917, 9780062384263|
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|local_callnumber_arlington||Online, YF MCCOR|
|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library, Arlington Public Library Online, Aurora Hills, Aurora Hills Online, Central, Central Online, Cherrydale, Cherrydale Online, Columbia Pike, Columbia Pike Online, Connection Crystal City, Connection Crystal City Online, Detention Center, Detention Center Online, Glencarlyn, Glencarlyn Online, Local History, Local History Online, Plaza, Plaza Online, Shirlington, Shirlington Online, Westover, Westover Online|
|record_details||external_econtent:ils:.b19025312|eAudio|Audio Books|Unabridged.|English|Harper Collins Publishers :|2015.|1 online resource (1 audio file (4hr., 22 min.)) : digital., ils:.b13254066|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|Balzer + Bray,|c2009.|198 p. ; 22 cm.|
|subject_facet||Brain damage -- Fiction, Downloadable audio, Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Fiction, Medical fiction, Memory -- Fiction, Soldiers -- Fiction, Streaming audio, Street children -- Fiction|
|title_full||Purple Heart / by Patricia McCormick, Purple heart [electronic resource] McCormick, Patricia, 1956-|