Shattered

Shattered

Book - 2006
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Fifteen-year-old Ian must complete community volunteer service at a soup kitchen for the homeless. He is rescued from a near-mugging by a homeless man named Sarge, who was a soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces and served as a peacekeeper in Rwanda. Sarge tells him about the Rwandan genocide and Ian tries to help this shattered man who must live with his nightmarish memories.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Group, c2006
ISBN: 9780670063666
0670063665
Branch Call Number: YF WAL NVD

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wendyfath
Apr 15, 2016

The best YA novel I have read, to date. This would make a great classroom study novel because it deals with a number of important social issues.

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dixiedog
Nov 08, 2011

A little slow at first, but nethertheless, a very good book. Doctor-at Bass! T. A.

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SherlockHolmes221B
Oct 27, 2011

This is my favourite book by him, and I've read over 20 of his books. I met him just a while ago at an Author Meet and Greet, and I have to say, he is a genius, and has a way with kids. i definitely suggest this book, its emotional, with unlikely people. It deals with people's ignorance of the homeless, and just ignorance in general. He is an amazing author, and honestly, just go read this book! i find he does re-use quotes in every book, slightly repetitive, and there's always a character who has lots of wisdom, but is otherwise an average guy.

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catch_me_if_u_can
Aug 27, 2011

I think this book was very good its was a great read but at sometimes hard to follow and get lost between whats happening but overall a great read. Eric Walters is a wonderful author!

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Maria1234567
May 10, 2011

Amazing book
i could not put this book down
eric walters truly put alot of effort into this book because it is very very good

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b_xy_p
Apr 21, 2011

This book is truly amazing. It touches on a devasting tragedy in Rwanda which so very few people learned about. It also talked a bit about other genocides and war. This book is really inspirational, it tells us what is really happening in the world. It really opened my eyes. My class was studying this for a bit before, and after reading this book, I'm truly terrified and upset about the events of war and acts of genocide. Very informational, any serious and good reader would enjoy this a lot.

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ReadingintheCorner
Oct 24, 2010

This book is very good. It is interesting and hard to put down. You will find yourself reading through it very quickly.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 08, 2010

This is the book that won the White Pine Award

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Ubalstecha
Jan 08, 2010

Powerful book that tells the tale of the Rwandan genocide through the eyes of a now homeless soldier who witnessed the atrocity. Go read this.

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laurenemmeline
Jan 07, 2010

I quickly picked this book up without reading the summary as one of my friend's had mentioned she liked it. After reading the novel, I'm at a loss as to why it was under such high praise.
While the plot had potential, with one of the main characters being based on Romeo Dallaire, the author did not.
I found myself reading only to get to the end. The characters were lifeless; no time had been given to pen any detail of any which one. The characters were without, for lack of a better word, character.
After only a few chapters in, the story line was already dim and I found the style of writing to be cliche and uninventive.
Rather than seeing a novelist who is passionate about writing, I picture this novel to be an assignment for a high school writer's class. Even so, for me, Shattered would only be deserving of a B.
In short, leave this one on the shelf.

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RNSRL Jan 01, 2014

RNSRL thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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mrspaulwesley
Jul 16, 2012

mrspaulwesley thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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catch_me_if_u_can
Aug 27, 2011

catch_me_if_u_can thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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ReadingintheCorner
Oct 24, 2010

ReadingintheCorner thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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laurenemmeline
Jan 07, 2010

laurenemmeline thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 15

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mrspaulwesley
Jun 06, 2012

"You can walk a mile in somebody's shoes but those shoes still belong to them."

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b_xy_p
Apr 21, 2011

"I do." I said. "The death of Crystal is a tragedy because we know her-at least we feel like we know here, because we can picture her, we know about her family, we've seen her mother on the news crying. But the million people, we don't know them so we don't care about what happened to them. A million is just a number, a statistic."

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b_xy_p
Apr 21, 2011

Ian desperately wants a car for his birthday, but has to pass every subject in school in order to receive one. To pass civics, he must have volunteer hours. Accidentally, he volunteered for "The Club", thinking it sounded a bit interesting. But once he finds out its a homeless soup kitchen, he begins to regret his decision. There, he meets a homeless man named "Sarge", and finds out more and more about him. Turns out, his real name is "Jacque", and he was a soldier in the Canadian Army, that encountered the genocide in Rwanda. Ian, surprised and shaken by the events, uncovers more and more about Rwanda, and finds out how fragile the world is, with constant wars and murders.
In the end, Ian did pass every subject in school, and will get his birthday car soon. But this time, instead of going to the soup kitchen in order to receive a car, he travels there with his car, volunteering not because he needs to, but because he wants to.

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