Lost at Khe SanhBook - 2015
History comes alive - with ghosts!
Anderson finds himself drawn to the old trunk full of military relics in the basement of his family's junkshop. His friends Greg and Julie warn him to stay away from it, but he can't help himself. This time Anderson finds a cool old grenade that has a strange message scratched into it. But an old grenade is dangerous . . . and so might be the ghost that appears with it: an intimidating soldier in army fatigues and covered in mud.
What does this ghost want with Anderson, Greg, and Julie? Is he here for their help - or for something more sinister? As the friends struggle to find answers, they discover that this ghost served in the Vietnam War, only he went MIA. But there has to more to the story than that . . .
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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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