|Publication date||February 15, 2011|
|Published by||Balzer + Bray|
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Author- Patricia McCormick
The stage for the book is set when Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an Iraq army hospital. According to the doctors, he is suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI. One of the first things that occurs in the book is Matt is awarded with the Purple Heart, for wounds sustained in combat, giving the book its name. However, through his clouded brain, one consistent memory continues to surface. It is of a young boy being shot. Matt doesn't know what to make of it, and as he begins to learn and remember more, he begins to suspect that he killed the boy, and the notion haunts him. According to Justin though, a member of his squad, right after the incident an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) hit the wall next to Matt, resulting in the hospitalization and a case of TBI. Will Matt recover and go back with his squad? Read more to find out!