Thank you to the @KidLitExchange network and publisher @scholasticinc for the advance copy of Captured: An American Prisoner of War in North Vietnam by Alvin Townley. @alvintownley
This is an incredible account of American POW Jeremiah Denton's time in captivity during the Vietnam War. Jeremiah "Jerry" Denton was a naval aviator shot down and captured in North Vietnam in 1965. Denton became a leader in the prison camps. The prisoners developed communication systems (often using secret codes) as well as codes of conduct. The men endured torture and terribly long periods of solitary confinement. Through all of this, Denton assured his men that they would return to America. It is because of his leadership and encouragement that they eventually did.
This was an incredibly moving story. The Vietnam War is not something that is tends to be taught in depth in the US school system, rather it gets glazed over. The story of Denton and the other American POWs is eye-opening. I learned so much from their extraordinary resilience and endurance. This book delves into the topic of human survival, perseverance, leadership, duty, honor, and loyalty. It was heartbreaking, inspiring, and harrowing. Townley addresses the deeply complicated realities of the Vietnam War and life for both the POWs and the Vietnamese soldiers who held them captive. I really enjoyed this book and how much I learned from it. I will be adding this book to my classroom library.
Book 71 of 2019 and 109 of the school year.
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