Choosing Courage: Inspiring Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero
Choosing Courage: Inspiring Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero
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Annotation: Shares the stories of Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation recipients while offering sidebars and essays to illuminate the qualities of true-life heroes.
Genre: [Biographies]
Catalog Number: #136932
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Workman Pub. Co.
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: xiii, 257 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-579-65705-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-96639-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-579-65705-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-96639-0
Dewey: 920
LCCN: 2014036497
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Some say courage lies in most people but only surfaces when the need arises. These heroes appear to have been in the right place at the right time. They didn't set out to be courageous; they just were. Although the Medal of Honor was established in 1861, the 25 people featured include soldiers who fought in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, plus 3 citizen honorees. Some were recognized soon after the event, while others waited more than 50 years. The entries have a similar feel but are not cookie-cutter. Each includes an account of the event that precipitated the honor, captioned photographs, a dog-tag replica with quick facts, and a personal quote from the recipient. Interspersed, as needed, are explanations about individual conflicts, branches of service, and how parents and children dealt with death or caring for injured family members. An afterword looks at the past and future of the Medal of Honor. Best to be read in small bites, all the better to think about.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8 Collier takes readers on an emotional journey into the trenches, through prisoner of war camps to makeshift hospitals, conveying the bravery that compels certain individuals to rise above their fear to protect and save others. Published in collaboration with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, the book devotes each chapter to a different tale of a medal recipient and is often followed by a page or two of background or historical information. Although the Medal of Honor was created in 1861, the book begins with stories from the battlefields of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. It includes a story from the attack on the World Trade Center, tales of heroism from Iraq and Afghanistan, Haiti, the Congo, and in the halls of an American middle school. Some of the 25 entries are told in the third person, while others are narrated by the hero in question. Most moving are the tales that are told by parents and children of the honorees. The book concludes with a note about the consequences of war and the history of the Congressional Medal of Honor. VERDICT Middle grade readers will appreciate the consistent format, short chapters, straightforward language, photos, and background information, and will benefit from the factual material and the underlying lessons of courage. MaryAnn Karre, West Middle School, Binghamton, NY
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Word Count: 55,184
Reading Level: 8.1
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 8.1 / points: 10.0 / quiz: 179248 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:11.5 / points:14.0 / quiz:Q70336
Lexile: 1150L
Guided Reading Level: Z
Fountas & Pinnell: Z

Riveting real-life accounts of heroism from Medal of Honor recipients, including Clinton Romesha (author of Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor ) and exceptional civilians like schoolteacher Jencie Fagan How does an ordinary person become a hero? It happens in a split second, a moment of focus and clarity, when a choice is made. Here are the gripping accounts of Medal of Honor recipients who demonstrated guts and selflessness on the battlefield and confronted life-threatening danger to make a difference. There are the stories of George Sakato and Vernon Baker--both of whom overcame racial discrimination to enlist in the army during World War II (Sakato was a second-generation Japanese American, Baker an African American) and went on to prove that heroes come in all colors--and Clint Romesha, who led his outnumbered fellow soldiers against a determined enemy to prevent the Taliban from taking over a remote U.S. Army outpost in Afghanistan. Also included are civilians who have been honored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation for outstanding acts of bravery in crisis situations, from a school shooting to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Adding depth and context are illuminating essays on the combat experience and its aftermath, covering topics such as overcoming fear; a mother mourning the loss of her son; and "surviving hell" as a prisoner of war.

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