Tag Archives: War

Ahimsa

 

In 1940s India, Anjali’s mother joins Gandhi’s freedom movement. Her family has to make many adjustments and use “ahimsa” – non-violent resistance to stand up to the British government. Ten-year-old Anjali learns that even she can contribute to the cause. The caste system, English colonialism, religious strife between Muslim and Hindu groups, and social justice are all important topics in Anjali’s story. The book was inspired by the author’s great grandmother’s experience working with Gandhi. An extensive author’s note about India’s history, suggestions for further reading, and a glossary are included. mjw
Title: Ahimsa
Author: Supriya Kelkar
Publisher
: Lee & Low Books, Inc. New York
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1620-1435-68
Hardcover pages
: 307
Age range
: 8 up
Genre
: Historical fiction
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Subjects
: British occupation, Dalit, Gandhi, Girls and women, India – history, Non-violence, Reformers, Social classes, Untouchables

The Baghdad Clock

This story, narrated by a teenage Iraqi girl in the midst of the first Gulf War mixes dreams with real life and fantasies with reality.  She huddles in an air raid shelter with her friend Nadia and the two imagine a world not torn apart by war.  They share dreams, hopes, desires, and first loves.  As they grow older and the bombs continue to fall, their friends begin to flee the country.  The use of metaphor, dream interpretations, and soothsayers helps build the narrative and the sense of place and time.  mjw
Title: The Baghdad Clock
Author: Shahad Al Rawi
Publisher
: Oneworld Publications, London
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Arabic
Translator
: Luke Leafgren
Original Publisher
: Dar al Hikma
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-78607-324-2
Hardcover pages
: 288
Age range
: 14 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Baghdad, Iraq
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in Baghdad
Author’s residence
: Dubai
Awards
: 2018 Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction
Subjects
: Air raid shelters, Biography, Coming of age, Persian Gulf War – 1991, Teenage girls

The Breadwinner

 

Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Her father is a history teacher.  He is arrested by the Taliban for having a foreign education and put in prison. This leaves the family without anyone who can earn money and buy food, since according to Taliban rules, women cannot go out on their own.  Parvana cuts her hair and wears boys’ clothes so that she can become the family’s breadwinner.  This is the fifteenth anniversary edition of the four-volume story. It includes a new forward by the author, a new map, and a glossary.  There is also an animated, award-winning movie and a graphic novel based on this inspiring novel. mjw
Title: The Breadwinner
Author: Deborah Ellis
Publisher
: Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press. Toronto
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Groundwood Books
Original Copyright
: 2000
ISBN
: 978-1-55498-767-8
Paperback pages
: 176
Age range
: 10-14
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Afghanistan
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Ontario
Awards: Middle East Book Award
Subjects
: Afghanistan, Girls and women, Taliban. Refugees

Escape From Aleppo

 

Fourteen-year-old Nadia is accidentally separated from her family while fleeing from war-torn Syria in 2013. She meets an elderly man who agrees to help her. She eventually makes it to Turkey. Inspired by current events this coming-of-age novel deals with the horrors of the war. In the first part of the book, Nadia flashes back to more pleasant times of her life. Senzai does a wonderful job of describing Aleppo before and during the war. This is an informative and exciting story. mjw
Title: Escape From Aleppo
Author: N.H. Senzai
Publisher
: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-4814-7217-3
Hardcover pages
: 336
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Syria
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: U.S. 
Subjects
: Arab Spring, Middle East, Refugees, Secrecy, Syria-Civil War 2011, Wars

A Different Pond

 

This quiet story is about a young Vietnamese boy and his father who go fishing early in the morning in Minneapolis so that the family can have food to eat. They don’t fish for recreation. They bond as the father tells the boy about fishing in his homeland of Vietnam, as well as a bit about the war where he was a soldier. Beautifully illustrated in vividly colored, graphic novel panels, the book conveys a powerful message. Notes from both the poet-author and the illustrator are included. mjw
Title: A Different Pond
Author: Bao Phi
Illustrator
: Thi Bui
Publisher
: Capstone Young Readers. North Mankato, Minnesota
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1479597468
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 6-8
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: Minneapolis
Author’s ethnicity
: Vietnamese
Author’s residence
: Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Vietnamese
Illustrator’s residence
: U.S.
Awards
: 2018 Caldecott Honor
Subjects
: Asian Americans, Fathers and sons, Fishing, Emigrants and immigrants, Poverty, Vietnam

Mister Doctor: Janusz Korczak And The Orphans Of The Warsaw Ghetto

mister-doctorPolish educator, writer, and doctor, Janusz Korczak (Mister Doctor) founded an orphanage for children in Warsaw. His remarkable story is told from the perspective of one of the orphans. In November of 1940, one hundred and sixty Jewish children, led by their beloved Mister Doctor, were forced by the Nazis to leave their famous orphanage on Krochmalna Street and walk to the other side – the ghetto. Their new home on Chlodna was nothing like their orphanage, but they would cling to their hope and celebrate their Jewish identity. Their final march on August 5, 1942, took them to trains bound for Treblinka camp, north of Warsaw. This is depicted in a powerful foldout of the children and Mister Doctor. Gray and sepia mood-setting drawings portray the horror and hope beautifully. An afterword, “About Janusz Korczak” offers details of his life. Further Reading and Resources are included. mjw
Title: Mister Doctor:  Janusz Korczak And The Orphans Of The Warsaw Ghetto
Author: Irene Cohen-Janca
Illustrator
: Maurizio A.C. Quarello
Publisher
: Annick Press, Canada
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Paula Ayer
Original Title
: Le dernier voyage
Original Publisher
: Les Editions des Elephants
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-55451-861-6
Paperback pages
: 68
Age range
: 11 up
Genre
: Historical Fiction, Biography
Book setting
: Poland
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Italian
Illustrator’s residence
: Italy
Awards
: 2016 Sydney Taylor Book Award, Notable Book.  2016 USBBY Honor List of Outstanding International Books
Subjects
: Ant-Semitism, History, Holocaust, Jewish children, Orphans, Orphanage, Poland, Warsaw, World War II

The Librarian Of Auschwitz

 

Fourteen-year-old Dita is imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz and selected to be the librarian of the eight smuggled books that the school possesses. There are also six “living books” that are stories remembered and told by other detainees at the Family Camp, Block 31. The school is a secret school, as teaching the children to read is forbidden. Spanish author Iturbe describes the horrors of the death camp in straightforward prose. This sophisticated novel with mature themes is based on the experiences of real life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus. mjw
Title: The Librarian Of Auschwitz
Author: Antonio Iturbe
Publisher
: Godwin Books, Henry Holt and Company
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Spanish
Translator
: Lilit Thwaites
Original Title
: La Bibliotecaria de Auschwitz
Original Publisher
: Editorial Planeta
Original Copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-1627796187
Hardcover pages
: 432
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: Poland
Author’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Author’s residence
: Spain
Subjects
: Books and reading, Concentration camps, Germany, Holocaust, Jews, Libraries