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  Anglel In My Foxhole by Everett H. Kelly

Review by: Jeremiah C.
West Virginia, Grade 8

In the 1973 nonfiction novel, Angel In My Foxhole, by Everett H. Kelly. A West Virginia farm boy, Everett has gone to Europe to fight in World War II. Everett tells of his battles during the time, both physical and spiritually. From mothers prayers back home to getting shot by snipers, his battle is non stop.Everett is befriended by Chief, a big Cherokee Indian from Oklahoma. As Everett's bazooka loader, Chief is a calm guy but ends up getting wounded in the foot by shrapnel.
In the story, Everett is a soldier in the army during the American attack on Nazi Germany. His leader, Seargent Lawson, was a tough guy, often getting angry at Everett for doing something ignorant. Everett starts off fighting in Normandy, a beach head in France. From there he goes to St.Lo, Siegfried, the Wurm River, Kirchherten and many more. Everett is a nice guy saving children from firefights and never questioning, but it seems ''eventually war gets to you'' as Everett gets put in the mental hospital. Everett escapes death many times from a minefield to repeated firefights, but in the end he escapes from ''his prison of darkness.''

I think Angel In My Foxhole was a fairly good book. I liked the true stories of battle and events, but there were times when the idea starts to fade into a story about World War II as a whole. I think this book would be good for anyone (1-18) because it is very time consuming. The battles are very good but the story in whole kinda drags on and on. This would be good for older people.

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