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"I feel other students should read this book because it broadens your perspective on what its like to adapt to a new environment. The protagonist, Bo, is a Vietnamese refugee who has come to Canada with his family for a better life. His story sheds a light on to the many challenges that New Canadians face when trying to adapt to a new land such as language barriers. The book also gives readers an insight into what it is like to live with someone with a disability as Bo's sister is severely disfigured due to Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant manufactured in Canada. Not only was Canada the manufacturer of this chemical but the country used to hold freakshows and bear wrestling circuits at the CNE. I most definitely knew none of this before reading All the Broken Things, which is another reason why students should read this novel, as it explores Canadian history. Lastly, this book educates readers on the strength, resilience and willpower of the human spirit. No matter the circumstances, people will continue to fight and we see this through Bo, who is faced with so many obstacles but does not give up."
John Polanyi Collegiate Institute