Category: Violence/War & Peace/Refugees

Child Soldier

There is an ironic page in Child Soldier showing the narrator/protagonist, Michel Chikwanine, riding his Canadian school bus, living in two worlds at one time. The students around him are complaining about things privileged Western kids complain about: parents, phones,…

Review: Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà Lai

With her first novel for young readers (Inside Out and Back Again, HarperCollins 2011), Thanhhà Lai captured in verse one child’s experience adjusting to life in Alabama after leaving Vietnam. In Listen, Slowly, Lai explores the experience of Mai (Mia at…

Amira’s Darfur: The Red Pencil

In The Red Pencil, Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrator Shane Evans, create for us, Amira.  Amira is growing up in Darfur. We in the US hear the word Darfur and think genocide. Amira insists that we see a bright, lively, loving culture…

What would you give up to save the world?

 The Here and Now (Delacorte) by Ann Brashares, $18.99 “Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.” On the surface, Ann Brashares’ novel, The Here and Now, is a mystery layered with a sweet romance. It the story of seventeen-year-old…