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ISBN# (10): 0-385-33813-9 / (13): 978-0-385-33813-4 Paperback and (10): 0-440-33524-8/ (13): 978-0-440-33524-5 E-Book
August 2008
Bantam Dell (A Division of Random House)
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Paperback and E-Book
$13.00 U.S./$15.00 Canada
288 Pages
Rating: 4 Cups

Earl Earlwig Gundersen is far from being simpleminded. As a small baby, his mother said his brain almost fried, after contacting a fever. That still does not stop him from going fishing and spending time with his friends, or his brother.

Jimmy Gundersen is Earl's older brother who tries to watch over Earl. After he signs up with the National Guard, he decides to buy a ring, and ask his girlfriend, Molly, to marry him never anticipating what lies ahead in the upcoming war.

Earl is content to spend time with his older brother, Jimmy, as well as his good friend, Eddie. The only thing that irritates him about Eddie is the way he calls him Earlwig and continues asking questions. They live in a small town where everyone knows their neighbor, and believe President Roosevelt when he says there will be no war. Things swiftly change after Jimmy signs up to fight in the war. After Jimmy leaves, it is not much longer until the family receives the dreaded letter their son is lost. Others begin getting letters about their sons, too. News arrives that Jimmy is in the vet hospital and the family is thrilled, but never expected the sudden change in him. No longer the easy going Jimmy, he is resentful and irritated, a man who does not appreciate what the government has done to their soldiers.

The reader is transported to a time of war when young men are called to fight with Japan in Carry Me Home. There were some circumstances that brought to mind living in a small town and how many are affected by war during any age or era. When Jimmy undergoes his change with the war and everything that he goes through, I could only feel the terrible loss that races through his body. I have heard of true stories from friends who had loved ones who returned home to learn their sweethearts were no longer waiting for their man to return home only to get the dear John heartache. Sandra Kring weaves a poignant tale where sometimes one really cannot go home. I enjoyed how she allows Earl to tell the story, but did not care much for some of the language instilled in the pages.

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