GREAT FALLS by Steve Watkins is a young adult novel exploring the relationship between a teen and his older brother who suffers from PTSD.
When high school football star Shane agrees to go on a camping trip with his older brother Jeremy, he soon realizes he’s in over his head. Military hero Jeremy is back from deployments in Iraq and suffering from the effects of this war experiences. A canoe, alcohol, and a rifle combine for a terrifying experience that escalates around every corner as Jeremy’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic.
Watkins effectively balances the fast-paced, action with an authentic, somber examination of a suffering soldier dealing with life after war.
Librarians will find this gripping story of brotherhood to be popular among young men.
To learn more about the author, go to http://stevewatkinsbooks.com/.
Published by Candlewick on April 26, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.