Friday, February 7, 2014

DOGTAG SUMMER by Elizabeth Partridge. New York: Bloomsbury, 2011. 226p.
ISBN: 978-1-59990-183-1 hb. $16.99.   Gr. 5-8    JUV

DOGTAG SUMMER is a story about a girl who was adopted by an American family after the Vietnam War. There are many secrets in her family and much that Tracy doesn't know about her past.  Tracy has dreams and memory flashes about her past from Vietnam.  Whenever she asks her parents for answers, they are always vague and elusive. This story is her quest to find out about her past, where she comes from, and the family that she lost during the war.  Unraveling Tracy's past and learning the secrets that her new family worked so hard to hide kept the book very interesting.  The contradiction of her family life to that of her best friend Stargazer is an interesting twist in the story.
Melissa Coyne, Patron, Munising School Public Library

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