Tag Archives: War

The Stars At Oktober Bend

Alice is fifteen, but to everyone else, she is forever twelve.  She has acquired brain injury.  She can speak, but her words don’t come out right and her electrics don’t work.  She writes poetry – beautifully and anonymously.  Her first person narration has no capital letters and is very fragile. Manny is a boy who discovers her poetry. He was a boy soldier in Sierra Leone. He suffers from PTSD.  This is an incredible love story of two teens and their pains. mjw
Title: The Stars At October Bend
Author: Glenda Millard
Publisher
: Candlewick
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-9272-8
Hardcover pages
: 288
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Australia
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Australia
Subjects: Child soldiers, Mute persons, Orphans, People with mental disabilities, Sexual abuse, Sierra Leone, Teenage refugees, Violence, Wounds and injuries

The Red Ribbon

Fourteen-year-old Ella is a seamstress in the Upper Tailoring Studio at Auschwitz-Birkenau, a sewing workshop inside the Nazi Concentration camp.  Her job is to make couture dresses for the wives of the camp’s Nazi overseers and the female SS officers.  Ella meets Rose and the two do their best to survive.  Ella dreams of opening a fancy dress shop after the war. The wonderful and surprising writing offers a different view of the Holocaust. mjw
Title: The Red Ribbon
Author: Lucy Adlington
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0104-8
Hardcover pages
: 288
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: Auschwitz Birkenau, Poland
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: England
Subjects
: Fashion Holocaust, Sewing, Survival

Kakuma Girls: Sharing Stories Of Hardship And Hope From Kakuma Refugee Camp

Clare Morneau is a 17-year-old author and speaker who lives in Toronto and is committed to working for real change.  As a student at Havergal College, she founded the Kakuma Toronto Girls Education Partnership. This illuminating book is a compilation of letters of hardship and hope from the girls in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya to girls at a high school in Canada.  The Kakuma girls have incredible hopes and dreams for their future.  They are fighting for their education and will do anything to go to university.  They dream of becoming doctors, engineers, pilots, or journalists and improving their families’ lives.  The book includes beautiful photographs, maps, a chronology, a glossary, and a list of ways to get involved. mjw
Title: Kakuma Girls: Sharing Stories Of Hardship And Hope From Kakuma Refugee Camp
Author: Clare Morneau and contributors
Publisher
: Barlow Books, Toronto
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-988025-14-8
Hardcover pages
: 184
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Nonfiction, Information Book
Book setting
: Kenya
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Toronto
Subjects
: Refugee children. Refugees, Sudan, Women

Ruby In The Ruins

Ruby’s dad is a soldier during the London blitz.  Ruby and her mum cling to each other while they wait for dad to come home.  When he finally returns, Ruby doesn’t recognize him. She would rather play outside in the wreckage of the bombings.  But when Ruby hurts her knee, dad cleans and bandages the wound.  He makes her feel all right and suggests that maybe she should play in the park instead of in the ruins.  Ink, gouache, and watercolor illustrations perfectly complement the text. Endpapers with authentic wartime advertisements add a nice touch.  mjw
Title: Ruby In The Ruins
Author: Shirley Hughes
Illustrator
: Shirley Hughes
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-92377
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book, Historical Fiction
Book setting
: London, England
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: West London
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: West London
Awards
: Author/illustrator has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice
Subjects
: England, London, Military, Veterans, World War II

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