- Publisher: Orchard Books (March 1 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0531057488
- ISBN-13: 978-0531057483
- Parcel Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.4 x 2.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,171,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
McKenzie's Boots Hardcover – Mar 1 1988
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From Publishers Weekly
Although he is only 15, tall, strapping Rod is able to talk his way into the Australian army during World War II; he joins a platoon fighting the Japanese in New Guinea. A sympathetic encounter with an enemy soldier makes him aware of their shared humanity. Some time later, Rod is killed in battle, and, as a souvenir, the Japanese take Rod's enormous boots. His outraged mates storm the camp to regain them; years later one of them realizes that the Japanese troops considered Rod a genuine hero, and that the boots were taken out of respect, not as a morbid wartime trophy. Despite effusive prose and heavy-handed symbolism, Noonan creates many scenes of graphic intensity and presents a largely glorified vision of battle. But, perhaps because he writes primarily of individual acts of daring rather than the daily horrors of infantry warfare, the focus is a boyishly old-fashioned view of fighting, oddly romantic in this post-Vietnam era. Ages 12-up.
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