All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg is about Matt Pin’s story during the Vietnam War. Written in verse, you learn about how Matt is still being haunted by the way even though it has been a few years since he was able to escape to America, after his mom ‘gave him up’. This story is about prejudice as Matt struggles being White and Asian and comes to terms with the real reason his mom made him leave.
This story is about grief, forgiveness, prejudice, love and overcoming tragedies. Recommended for children 11 and older, this is an excellent story combining the history of the Vietnam war and poetry. This is an excellent story for children struggling with their own grief as it highlights how powerful poetry can be and it is also a great story that teaches children about a part of history.