Lost at Khe SanhBook - 2015
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When Anderson opens an old trunk of military relics in the basement of his family’s shop, he discovers something extremely dangerous: an old grenade, scratched with an enigmatic message.
Soon after it is safely removed from the shop, Anderson and his sixth-grade friends, Greg and Julie, are visited by a ghost dressed in a soldier’s uniform who claims that the relic is his “lucky” grenade from the Vietnam War.
The friends, of course, are very intrigued, and they wonder what the mysterious ghost really wants from them.
They research the war – especially the battle at Khe Sanh, the soldier’s last battle. The ghost, who is quickly losing both his memory and his power to appear, can only be of minimal help to them.
They discover that the 77-day Battle of Khe Sanh, fought in 1968, was one of the most pivotal – and controversial – battles of the Vietnam War.
Then they make an astounding discovery involving one of their fathers, a Vietnam War veteran who actually participated in that very battle!
Readers will be drawn into this engaging story, which ends with a surprise and offers valuable historical information about the Vietnam War and some of its impacts on soldiers and civilians.
Lost at Khe Sanh is the second title in the Ghosts of War series. The first, The Secret of Midway, features the same three friends and a ghost from World War II.
** Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.
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