Smithson, Ryan Ghosts of War: My Tour of Duty, 320 p. HarperTeen, 2009. $16.99. Language: R (60 + swears, 6 ‘f’); Violence: PG (war scenes, but nothing graphic). At nineteen, Ryan Smithson is deployed to Iraq as part of a corps of Army engineers. Through short chapters, he retells his Army experience, from his first decision to join the Armed Forces until he comes to grips with what he went through at the end of his service. If you have a son or daughter who is thinking of joining the service, or if you the loved ones of someone who has left you behind, this is an excellent way to get an intimate glimpse into the behind the scenes action of this war, without being violently graphic. These are the feelings that returning soldiers need to share but are usually unable to articulate. MS, HS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library-Teacher.