Heroes Don't Run

By: Harry Mazer

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Summary

Adam Pelko is a 17 year old boy who lives in Bakersfield, California, who took a train all the way to New York to live with his grandma and grandpa. It was all a part of his plan to join the marines. Since he wasn't 18 he needed someone to sign for him and that was his grandpa. He then went to Port Royal, South Carolina to start boot camp. After boot camp they rode a boat all the way to Okinawa, Japan were they would fight...

Theme

I think the theme of this book would be taking risks. I think this because Adam took a lot of risks and most of them paid out. One risk that he took was moving to New York so he could have his grandpa sign for him. He could have moved there and then his grandpa wouldn't sign for him, than he would be back where he started. He also took a risk going into the marines. He could have gotten injured or even died. He took a lot of risks and most of them paid out.

Historical facts

The author used many historical facts. He named places, boats, and used specific machinery. An example of this is instead of saying on a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, he said on the LST in the middle of the Atlantic. He names specific planes, guns, boats, and a lot of other things.
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Picture Sources

Lambert, David. "IOGKF Newsletter." Articles. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.


Mazer, Harry. "Heroes Don't Run: A Novel of the Pacific War Paperback – February 6, 2007." Heroes Don't Run: A Novel of the Pacific War: Harry Mazer: 9781416933946: Amazon.com: Books. Scholastic Inc., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.


The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Battle of Okinawa (World War II)."Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.

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