Great Falls

Great Falls

Book - 2016
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Shane has always worshiped his big brother, Jeremy. But three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken their toll, and the easy-go-lucky brother Shane knew has been replaced by a surly drunk who carries his loaded 9mm with him everywhere and lives in the basement because he can't face life with his wife and two small children. When Jeremy shows up after Shane's football game and offers to take him to the family cabin overnight, Shane goes along -- both to get away from a humiliation on the field and to keep an eye on Jeremy, who's AWOL from his job at Quantico and seems to have a shorter fuse than ever. But as the camping trip turns into a days-long canoe trip down the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, Shane realizes he's in way over his head -- and has no idea how to persuade Jeremy to return home and get the help he needs before it's too late. In a novel at once gripping and heartbreaking, Steve Watkins offers a stark exploration of the unseen injuries left by war.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763671556
076367155X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wat
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 23 cm

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booknrrd
Oct 05, 2017

A 2018-2019 Missouri Gateway Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 9-12).

Shane's brother Jeremy is back from another tour in the Middle East, but he's not the person Shane knew. He lives at home instead of with his wife and kids and drinks a lot. After a embarrassing incident at a football game, Jeremy offers to take Shane to the family cabin. What Shane thinks is a short camping trip turns into something more.

This was a gripping portrayal of PTSD.

GCPL_Teen Aug 22, 2017

This book highlights the struggles faced by soldiers when they return home from service. Jeremy's struggle with PTSD makes things more difficult for his brother too. This book is a great choice for young men, particularly those interested in the outdoors and military themes.

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Oct 05, 2017

booknrrd thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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