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The Red Pencil

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

The Red Pencil (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015) by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Shane W. Evans is a book I missed reading, but am glad to have caught up with. Told in verse and with line drawings, it’s heartbreaking, yet hopeful.

In Darfur, Sudan, twelve-year-old Amira, wants the impossible–to go to school and learn to read and write. But her mother says her life will be farming and marriage so there is no need. After the Janjaweed attack her village, the family makes their way to a refugee camp. There a gift of a red pencil gives Amira hope.

Check out the awards and more info on the book here.

Read about Andrea and her other books here and Shane and his books here.

Posted in MG Novels, So Many Good Books

Escaping the Tiger

escaping the tigerEscaping the Tiger (Harper, 2010) by Laura Manivong is an eye-opening story that is so well written it reads like reality, not fiction. Inspired by her husband’s escape from Laos, this book is about 12-year-old Vonlai, nicknamed Skeleton Boy.
Go with him and his family on their journey to freedom. It’s a good reminder for all of us when we think life is tough. It’s a story kids need to hear!
Ms. Manivong has a blog on her website. A recent entry dealt with whitewashing of book covers. It’s an interesting read.