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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,206 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann E. Burg Narrator: Tobias Christian Wong Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Two years after being airlifted out of war-torn Vietnam, Matt Pin is haunted: by bombs that fell like dead crows, by the family—and the terrible secret—he left behind. Now, inside a caring adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events force him to choose between silence and candor, blame and forgiveness, fear and freedom. By turns harrowing, dreamlike, sad, and triumphant, this searing debut novel, written in lucid verse, reveals an unforgettable perspective on the lasting impact of war and the healing power of love. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Burg beautifully evokes the emotions of a Vietnamese adoptee as he struggles to come to terms with his past…The war-torn Vietnamese village that appears in Matt’s recurring nightmares sharply contrasts with the haven he has in America. Burg presents lasting images of both.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Short, compelling, and bittersweet…While the novel is written in verse, Wong’s haunting delivery carries the story with the immediacy of first-person prose. His quiet narration pulls us in, so we listen almost holding our breath as Matt’s devastating secrets are revealed.”


  • “This stirring debut novel is about much more than therapy and survivor guilt…The haunting metaphors are never forced, and the intensity of simple words, on the baseball field and in the war zone, will make readers want to rush to the end and then return to the beginning again to make connections between past and present, friends and enemies.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “With tenderness in his youthful voice…Wong brings captivating sensitivity to his reading of this poetic novel…Wong gracefully handles the simple free verse, creating a sympathetic character in Pin, a youngster who loves baseball, music, and his caring family…Wong also does a good job with intense scenes involving an angry, bigoted teammate and moving passages in which Pin interacts with his admired, cancer-stricken coach and haunted war veterans.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “A beautifully written novel in verse…Matt’s insecurities feel real throughout, and the manner in which he resolves some of his issues are true to the character and the nature of the text.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Graceful symmetries between brother and brother, father and son, past and present, guilt and forgiveness, shed light on the era and the individual. The verse form carries highly charged emotions and heavy content with elegiac simplicity. A memorable debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charlou Lunsford | 2/10/2014

    " The impact of war from the viewpoint of a 12-year old boy airlifted out of Vietnam two years earlier. Written in verse, the 'less is more' aspects of this form work well to get you right to the core of not only his experience, but the experience and feelings of those around him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Noah | 2/5/2014

    " All The Broken Pieces takes place in New York during the Vietnam War. The main character Matt was brought over to the United States by a group of US troops. During the story Matt deals with prejudice because he was from Vietnam. Matt copes with the prejudice through music, VV (Veteran's Voices), and baseball, though on the team he still puts up with the prejudice from the other kids. Overall I thought it was a good book. The format was all in poetry which made it a quick read. I'd recommend this to you if you are interested in the Cold War-era/ Vietnam War and the history, as well as to baseball fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lindsey Adams | 1/26/2014

    " All the Broken Pieces tells the story that is familiar to many people during and directly after the Vietnam War. Matt is a young Vietnamese boy who's mom put him up for adoption when the war was too much for them to take. In America he adjusts to the prejudice and bullying of other classmates who look at him as a reminder and the cause that some of their family members that died in the war. Matt is a great pitcher and plays on the school team, but feels out of place when one boy constantly bullies and blames him for his older brothers death. Later in the season, the boys come to an understanding and a new friendship is made. This is a great book told in verse that is great as a diversity read for elementary students. The shift from Matt's past to present can be confusing because there is no obvious cue for when it shifts. Other than that, I thought it was a great book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mimi | 1/16/2014

    " Good historic fiction. Written in verse, this novel demonstrates that the Vietnam war had lasting effects on all those involved, from the veterans to the families of those who did not return to the children airlifted and brought to the U.S. Matt is actually the son of an American soldier and a Vietnamese woman. He struggles to reconcile his feelings of guilt over leaving his younger brother and his mother in Vietnam with his new life with an adoptive family in America. The author treats this tough subject with sensitivity, though not with kid gloves. The format also makes it a good choice for the reluctant reader. "

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