Theme: Survival

Three Wishes

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 10 and up, Israel, Middle Eastern, Palestine, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Loss of Childhood, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Three Wishes

Three Wishes

Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books “…an accessible way of approaching a huge and difficult topic, this book should be required reading for adults who care about children living in any conflict-influenced situation, from Israel to violent neighborhoods in the United States.”—Francisca Goldsmith, VOYA Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Deborah Ellis’s enormously popular “Breadwinner” trilogy recounted the experiences of children living in Afghanistan; now...

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The Breadwinner

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 10 and up, Asian (South), Theme: Repression, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books “…The Breadwinner is a potent portrait of life in contemporary Afghanistan, showing that powerful heroines can survive even in the most oppressive and sexist social conditions.” —John Green, Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound| B&N     Description Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed —...

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Parvana’s Journey

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 10 and up, Asian (South), Theme: Family Death, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Parvana’s Journey

Parvana’s Journey

Parvana’s Journey By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books “This is an excellent way for young YA’s to understand the plight of the Afghani people.” —Claire Rosser, KLIATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description In Parvana’s Journey, the Taliban still control Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins. Parvana’s father has just died, and her mother, sister, and brother could be anywhere in the country. Parvana knows she must find them. Despite her youth, Parvana sets out alone, masquerading as a boy. She soon meets other children who...

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Mud City

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 10 and up, Asian (South), Refugee Camp, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Mud City

Mud City

Mud City By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books “Shauzia enables Ellis to tell the story of Afghans living as refugees in Pakistan and surviving as beggars and scavengers in the mean streets of Peshawar…The episodic plotting of Mud City enables Deborah Ellis to show her young and mainly western readers what many have likely never read of or considered deeply before.” —Judy Brown, Canadian Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Fourteen-year-old Shauzia dreams of seeing the ocean and eventually making a new life in France, but it...

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Iqbal

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Ages 07 and up, Asian (South), Pakistan, Pakistani, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Child Labor, Theme: Historical, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Iqbal

Iqbal

Iqbal By Francesco D’Adamo Translated by Anne Leonoir Published by Aladdin “An eye-opening, genuinely touching novel.” —Publishers Weekly “Iqbal’s life was not in vain; the accounts here of children who were liberated through his and activist adults’ efforts will move readers for years to come.” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description When young Iqbal is sold into slavery at a carpet factory, his arrival changes everything for the other overworked and abused children there. It is Iqbal who explains to them that...

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The Bite of the Mango

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in African (West), Ages 13 and up, Sierra Leone, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on The Bite of the Mango

The Bite of the Mango

The Bite of the Mango By Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland Published by Annick Press “As it aims to correct misperceptions about Sierra Leone and to raise awareness of the needs of child victims of war, this book will unsettle readers—and then inspire them with the evidence of Mariatu’s courage.” —Publisher’s Weekly “This haunting memoir adds an essential voice to the growing body of literature about Sierra Leone’s civil war” —Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description As a child in a small rural village in Sierra Leone,...

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Son of a Gun

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in African (West), Ages 10 and up, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Loss of Childhood, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun By Anne de Graaf Published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers “…this is a searing, graphically charged novel, told alternately by Nopi and Lucky, with several historical and pivotal stories incorporated into the narrative.” —Keisha M. Miller, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description I was crazy. Crazy mad. That’s how I felt when I turned in my AK-47 rifle. The commanding officer’s growl still haunts me: “This gun is your god. You listen to the voice of your god and go where your gun...

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The Glass Collector

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 12 and up, Egpyt, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Survival, Zabbaleen | Comments Off on The Glass Collector

The Glass Collector

The Glass Collector By Anna Perera Published by Albert Whitman and Company “Perera draws a vivid portrait of the community’s squalid living conditions, as people eat, sleep, and work amid piles of rotting garbage collected for recycling, while dreaming of better futures…A powerful rendering of human struggle, resilience, and hope.” —Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Fifteen-year-old Aaron lives amongst the rubbish piles in the slums of Cairo. His job? To collect broken glass. His life? Wasted. His hope? To find a...

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Brothers in Hope

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 07 and up, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Brothers in Hope

Brothers in Hope

Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan By Mary Williams Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Published by Lee and Low “Powerful and deeply moving.” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description A young boy unites with thousands of other orphaned boys to walk to safety in a refugee camp in another country, after war destroys their villages in southern Sudan. Based on true events. Eight-year-old Garang, orphaned by a civil war in Sudan, finds the inner strength to help lead other boys as they trek hundreds of miles seeking safety in Ethiopia,...

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A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in African (East), Ages 12 and up, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Theme: Education, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk

A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk

A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk By Jan Coates Published by Red Deer Press “Jacob’s story, as well as the plight of Sudanese refugees in general, needs to be told to inform Western audiences of the relatively recent turmoil in the nation. Coates’ book, a stirring piece of historical fiction, does this well.” —Children’s Literature “Coates gives an unflinching and poetic glimpse into the life of a boy who chose hope in the face of adversity.” —Naphtali L. Faris, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description In the...

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