Review of Grenade audiobook

by Alan Gratz; read by Todd Haberkorn and Andrew Eiden
Middle School, High School    Scholastic Audio    Rev. 11/18
5 CDs    5.42 hrs.    978-1-338-31100-6    $29.99

Set on the island of Okinawa during the American invasion, this WWII story begins by alternating viewpoints (voiced by two different actors) between Hideki, an Okinawan boy soldier, and Ray, an American soldier. After Ray’s death, the narration focuses on Hideki’s search for his missing sister. Accomplished narration captures the sounds of battle, emotional scenes of loss, and subtle moments of realization about the ugly truth of war. Author Gratz narrates a concluding historical note.

From the November/December 2019 Horn Book Magazine.

Julie Hakim Azzam
Julie Hakim Azzam
Julie Hakim Azzam teaches in the English department at the University of Pittsburgh. While her academic specialization is on literature from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, she has a passion for children’s literature and has been interviewing children’s authors for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for many years.

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