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"Many young readers will identify with the day-to-day trepidation felt by Jess, Meriwether, and the other families living on the base."
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"Full of detail about Army life, Patterson's elegant prose brings readers deep inside Jess's conflicted point of view and the many stresses she is under, as she reevaluates her role as a member of a military family."
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"Patterson poignantly depicts war's effect on those at home as Jess and her friends absorb and react to the events. This solid novel joins the growing number of books illustrating the war's effect on Afghan people."
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review by . April 11, 2013
   “[B]eautiful, delicate, but also with a dark side, one not to be trusted. Just like people.” This is how Jess comes to describe the gorgeous oleander blossom, a tree that grows in Afghanistan and America, the flower she has used to define her charitable cause of collecting for Afghan orphans. But Jess lives on an army base. Her father and the fathers of her friends are all soldiers, all deployed. And the plight of orphans might be closer to home than the reader thinks.   …
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