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"Here." "Steven Sills."Final Draft

My Brother Carl

When I woke up that morning I knew I was late. My mother was screaming at me ,"Roy, Roy, you're gonna be late for school!" By the time I had eaten and recycled my box to the troops my dad was at work and I had missed the bus. I had to sprint to school. I felt like I was going to faint by the time I got to school. There were a lot of posters in the classroom. Most of them were on WWII. My brother Carl was in the war, but he wasn't on the posters. They were mostly FDR and Winston Churchill. "Roy Jones."

"Here." By this time I had stopped paying attention. My brother Carl had signed up for the Air Force two months earlier. He was my role model. He just seemed so perfect. He was nice, funny, smart, and popular. I always thought he was better than me. Sometimes I liked him more than I liked myself. I was always jealous of him because he got the most attention every day. I wanted to be exactly like him.


At lunch, my friends and I would talk about our brothers. Jimmy and I topped the list because our brothers were in the Air Force. We would always brag, even though what we said they did was a lie. “Whatcha guys talkin' 'bout today? “My friend Billy asked. “Well, today is a very special day. My brother had to skydive onto a volcano to save one of his comrades, but that's nothing compared to Jimmy's brother." I lied. I motioned my hand at him, but he didn't look too good. "Jimmy, remember, your brother went to Germany and let thousands of prisoners loose, right?” I was trying to hide a wink. "Oh, well my parents said our brothers are on a mission together." He looked like he was going to cry, but I was jumping for joy. This was the happiest day of my life. Nothing like this had ever happened to me. On the bus ride home, the driver must have yelled at me eight or nine times, but I didn't care. I was thinking too hard. Why hadn't my parents told me? And why was Jimmy so sad when he told me. I was about to find out both the answers. At my stop, I jumped off the bus and landed awkwardly, but I was too excited to care. I almost fell every step, but I was almost home. Once I got home I slammed the door open. My mom was openly sobbing. My dad was home from work early. He was pacing back and forth, nodding his head. Then he told me my brother was dead. I stood there for what seemed like an eternity. Then I blacked out. From that point on I have never been jealous of anyone’s siblings, but I haven't had anyone as a role model. Now, I get all the attention. I have become nicer, funnier, smarter, and more popular. Just like my brother.


“Hey Roy, did you know the war is over?” “Yeah.” I said “My brother is back.” Jimmy said happily. “I know.” I sounded depressed but I wasn’t. I wasn’t even jealous anymore. I knew at that moment that I had grown up.


Author’s Note

“My Brother Carl” takes place during the 1940’s, when World War II was going on and many young men were going to Europe to fight the war.In this time period many men were at war and the citizens in America did everything they could to help the army. WWII started in 1939 when Germany invaded Poland because of unresolved reasons from WW1. After that the Allies declared war on Germany. America joined the Allies later on and Italy joined the Axis. Many American citizens helped out by donating food and clothes and many other goods. Roy is based great grandfather, and his brother Carl leaves and unfortunately dies in an airplane crash. Many American families around the country lost family members. My story is real. Carl died very young. I never got to meet him. I did meet Roy and he is still alive. He is 94, and he does not like to talk about it. FDR was a very important person during this time period. He helped America through the war and is one of the best presidents still. He and his wife, Eleanor, helped many children who were disabled and they cheered up people across the country. Sadly, FDR died during the war, and Harry Truman took over. The war ended during his term. WWII is an important part of American and world history. It affected millions of people throughout the world. WWII changed many people’s lives in negative ways. Many people were killed just so people could prove their points. The president at the time was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was a very important person in WWII. Many families gave everything extra that they had and gave it to soldiers. This really helped the American forces.


Bibliography Fitzgerald, Brian. Under Fire in World War II. Chicago, IL: Raintree, 2006. Print. this book is about WW2. It was very helpful and full of very cool information. Kallen, Stuart A. The Holocaust, 1939-1945. Edina, MN: Abdo & Daughters, 1994. Print. This book is about the Holocaust. It helped me a lot and was very interesting


Historical Fiction