Spillebeen, Geert Age 14, 210 p. Houghton Mifflin, 2009. $16.00. Violence: PG (war situations), Language: PG (4 swears). Patrick Condon is soldier crazy. He wants so badly to join the Irish Army that he assumes his older brother’s name and applies. After not too long in the regular army, World War I breaks out and Patrick lies his way into the Special Reserve and right into the trenches of Belgium. I don’t know if it’s a translation problem, but the words only flow in parts, and not enough parts. Though the descriptions of the war life around Ypres is wrenching, it is not enough to redeem this short book. Recommend Soldier X to those boys who really want to dive into war. MS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher.