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Ann E. Burg

All the Broken Pieces

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2009

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Teacher Introduction

All the Broken Pieces

  • Genre: Fiction; middle grade historical verse
  • Originally Published: 2009
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile HL680L; grades 5-9
  • Structure/Length: 33 sections of verse; approximately 240 pages; approximately 1 hour 50 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: All the Broken Pieces is set after the Vietnam War. Matt Pin is a young boy who was airlifted out of war-torn Vietnam and adopted by an American family. Now, several years later, Matt struggles with feelings of guilt and identity as he continues to adjust to life in the United States while carrying memories of the war and the family he left behind. The novel explores trauma, family, and the process of healing.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: War; loss of family members; traumatic injury; bullying; trauma; prejudice and discrimination; assault

Ann E. Burg, Author

  • Bio: Born in Brooklyn, New York; American author known for her middle grade and young adult novels that tackle important and often challenging themes; early career interests included journalism; former classroom teacher; celebrated for her ability to connect with young readers through emotionally resonant storytelling
  • Other Works: Serafina's Promise (2013); Unbound (2016); Flooded: A Requiem for Johnstown (2020)
  • Awards: Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award (2010)

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Guide:

  • The Power of Words and Communication
  • The Damaging Legacy of the Vietnam War
  • Guilt, Forgiveness, and the Healing Power of Love

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