Thorndike Press


  • Alan Gratz
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 143287747X
  • ISBN-13: 9781432877477
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.10 lbs ( .50 kgs)
  • 346 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released April 2020
  • Bestsellers



A New York Times Bestselling Author

It's 1945, and the world is in the grip of war. Hideki lives with his family on the island of Okinawa, near Japan. When WWII crashes onto his shores, Hideki is drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps to fight for the Japanese army. He is handed a grenade and a set of instructions: Don't come back until you've killed an American soldier. Ray, a young American Marine, has just landed on Okinawa. This is Ray's first battle, and he doesn't know what to expect. Hideki and Ray each fight their way across the island, surviving heart-pounding ambushes and dangerous traps. But then the two of them collide in the middle of the battle. And choices they make in that single instant will change everything.

Age Range: 8-10 | Grade Level: 4-7 | Lexile Measure: 760L