This book reminded me a great deal of Walter Dean Myers' Sunrise Over Fallujah (click here for my review of that book). War is not black and white. There are many grey areas. Questions of what constitutes a hero are balanced with questions of what should be done for the greater good. It is not always easy to tell who is guilty and who is innocent when you are at war, and McCormick has portrayed this with grace and sensitivity. Be warned: there is some mature language usage, but no more than you would expect from soldiers fighting a war.
Recommended for grades 9-12.