All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
ISBN: 9780545080934, 240 pages
Publication Date: 2012-03-01
Airlifted from Vietnam at the end of the war and adopted by a loving American family, Matt Pin, 12, is haunted by what he left behind, even as he bonds with his new little brother and becomes a star pitcher on the school baseball team. Matt has two passions--piano and baseball--and one secret: he feels responsible for horrific injuries his little brother sustained in Vietnam during the war. Matt's painful memories are carefully captured by the fleeting but powerful images of the author's free verse: "We did not talk about / the American War, / how tanks lumbered / in the roads / like drunken elephants, / and bombs fell / from the sky / like dead crows." Working through his past, Matt comes to understand that remembering can open the door to hope.