All the Broken Pieces

by Ann E. Burg

Scholastic Paperbacks
March 2012

Ages 11 – 14 . Grades 6 – 9

Library of Congress: 2008012381

Lexile measure: HL680L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: Y



Matt Pin would like to forget: war torn Vietnam, bombs that fell like dead crows, and the terrible secret he left behind. But now that he is living with a caring adoptive family in the United States, he finds himself forced to confront his past. And that means choosing between silence and candor, blame and forgiveness, fear and freedom.

By turns harrowing, dreamlike, sad, and triumphant, this searing debut novel, written in lucid verse, reveals an unforgettable perspective on the lasting impact of war and the healing power of love.
Ann E. Burg

Ann Burg's debut novel, All the Broken Pieces(2009), was named a Jefferson Cup award winner and an IRA Notable Book for a Global Society, among its many honors. Her follow-up, Serafina's Promise (2013), was named an ALA Notable, Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner, and an NAACP Image Award finalist. Burg worked as an English teacher for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with her family. You can visit her online at


  • Jefferson Cup Award Winner
    Booklist Editors' Choice
    ALA Best Book for Young Adults
    IRA Notable Book for a Global Society

    *"...[a] stirring debut novel…will make readers want to rush to the end and then return to the beginning again to make connections between past, present, friends and enemies."--Booklist, starred review

    *"The verse form carries highly charged emotions and heavy content with elegiac simplicity."--Kirkus, starred review

    *"Using spare free verse, first-time novelist Burg beautifully evokes the emotions of a Vietnamese adoptee as he struggles to come to terms with his past."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "…the story is a lovely, moving one."--School Library Journal