The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil

Book - 2014
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"Amira, look at me," Muma insists. She collects both my hands in hers. "The Janjaweed attack without warning. If ever they come -- run."
Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob , old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in Nyala -- Amira's one true dream.
But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey -- on foot -- to safety at a refugee camp. Her days are tough at the camp, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind -- and all kinds of possibilities.
New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney's powerful verse and Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist Shane W. Evans's breathtaking illustrations combine to tell an inspiring tale of one girl's triumph against all odds.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2014
ISBN: 9780316247801
Branch Call Number: J PIN
Characteristics: 308 p. :,ill., map ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Evans, Shane

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PimaLib_MaryG Oct 11, 2016

Loved this book. The everyday struggles between Amira and her mother about Amira's desire for an education and her mother's traditionalist desire for marriage preparation for her daughter combine with the added struggle of surviving a brutal Janjaweed attack on their village in Darfur and being forced to live in the confines of a refugee camp in this beautifully rendered tale told through easy-to-read prose poetry and line drawings. Appealing to upper elementary through high school.

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jrhaasdyk1
Apr 16, 2015

Beautifully written, shows the many faces of wartime through prose-poetry. Invites young people to express their own struggles through art.

KCLSKidsDiverse Nov 17, 2014

An encouraging story of a young Sudanese refugee's experience. Poetic verse and captivating gray-toned illustrations make this an appealing title for reluctant readers. Includes a historical note, glossary, and pronunciation guide. Grades 5-7

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Jun 17, 2017

lbnemi thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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