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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Craig Crist-Evans Narrator: Daniel Passer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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AMARYLLIS. It was the name of the ship that ran aground on Singer Island, Florida, during a hurricane in 1965. It became a battle cry for Jimmy Staples and his older brother, Frank, and a code word for going surfing together. But now that eighteen-year-old Frank is off battling the enemy (and his own addictive demons) in Vietnam and fifteen-year-old Jimmy is left to deal with the repercussions at home, “Amaryllis” takes on an ominous new meaning—a symbol of what happens when life places the unexpected in our paths.

Craig Crist-Evans has written a wrenching novel of a family whose internal battles chase one son away—into the clutches of a war and an enemy he could never have imagined. Told both from a soldier’s view and by the brother he leaves behind, Amaryllis is an ideal choice for students learning about the Vietnam era or for any listener curious about the reality of war.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rshelite | 11/9/2013

    " A very different book about a boy who's older brother goes to Vietman and fights. He writes his brother and tells him all about what is going on over there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Willis Eckhardt | 3/11/2013

    " This was an awesome book. It was full of adventure and intense moments. I give this book a 5 star rating because it talks about war and trying to get over a drug addiction and it is only 184 pages and doesn't take long to read. Thank you for reading this! :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 8/9/2012

    " Using the name of a sunken ship off the Florida coast as their own term for surfing together, Jimmy and his brother, Frank, lived a good life until Frank goes away to fight in the Vietnam War--leaving Frank at home and alone to deal with the loss and his family's pain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kelly Ann | 8/6/2012

    " I started previewing this book to see if it would hold the attention of some of my students. I couldn't put it down. I loved the way Crist-Evans began each chapter with a letter from Frank in Vietnam. Great fiction read that will definitely help build background on the Vietnam War for my students! "

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