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» The Things a Brother Knows ✓ Download by » Dana Reinhardt Levi S Older Brother Boaz Returns From Fighting With The Marines In The Middle East He S Safe Levi S Family Has Waited Three Long Years For This But Boaz Is No Longer The Brother Levi Thought He Knew Even If Nobody Else Wants To See It, Levi Can Tell That Boaz Has Changed Something S Wrong When Boaz Announces He S Off To Hike The Appalachian Trail, Levi Knows He S Lying He S Heading Somewhere Else So Levi Follows, Determined To Understand Who His Brother Was, What He S Been Through, And How To Bring Him Home Again I am currently on page 46 of 242 in The Things a Brother Knows So far I have enjoyed the book since it fits my tastes and is a realistic fiction book I will give a brief idea of the book so far without any spoilers This book is about a boy whose intelligent and successful brother enlists in the marines rather than going to any high level college of his choice The book doesn t show what happened durring the war, but what happened after His brother won t leave his room and has changed a lot since the war The book does a great job illustrating the emotional challenges of war and definitely gets you thinking.
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comBoaz is coming home That s what the reader learns early on Boaz is everything that the narrator, Levi, is not Boaz was the star athlete at school He could have his pick of colleges and scholarships And at least according to Levi , he had the most gorgeous girlfriend in the world But against everyone s wishes, especially their parents , Boaz enlists in the Marines.
The Katznelsons had relocated to the United States from Israel Boaz s parents can t understand his need to join the military After all, they are not in Israel any, and in the United States, it s not mandatory to enlist But Boaz has a need inside that he can t convey to his family.
Now, it is three years later, and Boaz is home.
The Things a Brother Knows is told through the eyes of Boaz s high school brothe This is one of those books I think everyone should read As a wife of a military man and coming from a long line of military folks, I m already biased toward this book That said, I ll admit that this book was hard to get into at the beginning It moved slowly, was a bit confusing and aggravating the way nothing seemed to happen or change BUT, thinking back on the times I ve faced similar circumstances of soldier homecomings, this is exactly what it is like The author has done an amazing job of portraying the confusion, waiting, desperation and frustration that a family feels with a soldier s homecoming The road trip portion of the story was lovely Perhaps a bit unrealistic for the majority of soldiers but, in this case, was written with strong enough characters to pull it off Although it seems to end abruptly, to anyone having gone through something similar I don t often enjoy YA fiction, but I won t rule it out if it looks like a good story Actually, I m finding that I like YA realism in a stand alone format where there is little or no romance Anyway, I picked this up mostly because I saw the name Brother , and then I fell in love with the cover After I read the synopsis I had to take it home I picked up this book at 11 50 last night because I was tired, but not ready to go to bed and I needed something a bit lighter than On Writing to help me settled I finished three hours later with misty eyes and a conflicted heart I might have dreamed of it This book tackles some really tough topics like war, PTSD, family love, and what it means to be a man Firstly, this doesn t often factor into my reading, but this is very diverse book The MC is an I Levi s brother Boaz joined the Marines at age 18, a sudden and surprising decision for him He comes back after three years at war as Bo, who sleeps on the floor, hides in his room at all times, and refuses to ride in a car anywhere There absolutely needs to be books about this, because how many people see a brother, a husband, a son, a cousin, or a friend go to war and come back a different person The basic plotline is a good and important one.
What didn t connect for me were the characters Boaz himself remains an unexplored cipher until the very last page I never feel like I understand him anythan I had on page one Levi is the only character I felt any connection with at all Pearl, one of Levi s friends, felt bizarrelylike a guy s idea of a perfect girl who is a friend than an actual girl Bizarre, because this isn t a male writer It probably hasto do wit A well written teen novel about soldiers returning home and the families who await them Boaz left home three years ago to enlist and fight in an unspecified foreign war His 17 year old brother Levi is struck by how different the returned Boaz is from the outgoing, popular boy that left Written from Levi s perspective, the author explores multiple relationships in order for each brother to realize what they know about each other and themselves This isn t a long book, and much of the story is building up to a climactic final chapter Unfortunately, the ending doesn t quite match the anticipation.
This book was required reading for my son entering 9th grade In a way, it s an easy pick for high school classes the multiple relationships provide a wealth of material for discussion and assignments Much time will be spent in class examining Boaz, Levi, and their friends and f The Things a Brother Knowsfollows the story of seventeen year old Levi, whose older brother, Boaz, had just returned home after serving in the U.
S military for three years Levi noticed that his older brother was different than what he was before he left home After investigating what his older brother was up to, he found out that Boaz is leaving home again to meet up with people that Levi doesn t recognize Levi decided to follow Boaz without him knowing in order to uncover his mysterious motives The book was good, in my opinion, and the book delves into the idea of what a brother means The book was easy read and used language that is commonly used today I also liked the character development in the book For example, throughout the book Levi developed as a character in that he didn t really liked how his brother was a different person in the I could easily read another couple hundred pages of this, but at the same time I think it s just long enough.
It s concise, but beautifully written in its dryness the kind of writing that once in a while just hits you with a particularly piercing and visual sentence.
It tells the story it wants to tell nothing , nothing less in about three hours of reading It s complete, but clearly, tangibly just a beginning.
The relationship between siblings is something that s always fascinated me, and I love the way it s portrayed here, because it feels real as far as I know, it is, and if it isn t for everyone, I know for certain that it is at least for someone.
The entire Katznelson family is one you grow to feel for an incredible amount, despite spending so little time with them in terms of pages.
Levi in particular is a wonderful character pretty much an average kid, delig Jamie PoormanAPA Citation Reinhardt, D 2010 The Things a Brother Knows New York Wendy Lamb.
Genre Contemporary realistic fiction.
Format Print Hardover, 245 pages Awards Recipient of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Recipient of the California Book Award Named one of Kirkus 2010 Best books for Teens School Library Journal 2010 Best books of the Year Booklist Children s Editors Choice List One of NPR s five best teen books of the year ALA Top Ten Best Fiction for Teens listSelection Process Booklist and School Library Journal starred reviews Levi and Boaz are brothers separated by 4 years and a world of experiences the children of Isreali immigrants growing up in a Boston suberb After high school graduation, Boaz stuns the family, his girlfriend, and high school buddies by enlisting in the military Now, four years have passed and B

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