Tag Archives: War

Malala: Activist For Girls’ Education

malala-activistMalala Yousafzai stood up to the Taliban, fought for girls’ education, and received the Nobel Prize in 2014. At age fifteen, the Taliban attempted to kill her, but even this did not stop her activism. Bright, beautiful naïve-style folk illustrations depict Pakistan and Malala’s life. The present tense text will engage and inspire older readers. Back matter includes photos of Malala, the history of the fight for girls’ education, a map of Pakistan, a timeline, information about the Taliban, details about Malala’s heroes, excerpts from her speeches, and a brief biography. mjw
Title: Malala: Activist For Girls’ Education
Author: Raphaele Frier
Illustrator
: Aurelia Fronty
Publisher
: Charlesbridge Publishing, Watertown, MA. USA
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Julie Cormier
Original Title
: Malala: pur le droit des filles a l’education
Original Publisher
: Editions Rue du Monde
Original Copyright
: 2105
ISBN
: 978-1-58089-785-3
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Picture Book Biography
Book setting
: Pakistan and England
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Subjects
: Biography, Education Girls, Pakistan, Political activists, Sex discrimination in education, Women social reformers

Ticket To India

ticket-to-indiaAfter their grandmother’s death, twelve-year-old Maya and her older sister Zara set off on a mission from Delhi to their grandmother’s childhood home in Aminpur in northern India. They are looking for valuable heirlooms that are buried in a trunk on the property. The family left them decades earlier when they fled to Pakistan during Partition in 1947. Along the way, Maya is kidnapped, makes some very bad decisions, but ultimately finds the treasure and her inner bravery. Maya’s journal fills readers in on the backstory of India and Pakistan. A Map, a Glossary, an Author’s Note, and a Reading Group Guide are also included in this action novel packed with fascinating information about the history and culture of India and Pakistan. mjw
Title: Ticket To India
Author: N.H. Senzai
Publisher
: Simon and Schuster Books.  New York
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-4814-2259-8
Paperback pages
: 304
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Book setting
: Pakistan and India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Subjects
: Asia; Historical, Asia; Multigenerational; Partition, 1947

Hidden

HiddenAlix, 14, lives on quiet Hayling Island off the coast of England. One day at the beach, she and her friend Samir pull a drowning man out of the incoming tide. He is Mohammed, an asylum seeker, who was tortured by rebels in Iraq for helping the allied forces. Alix and Samir decide to hide Mohammed and, consequently, have to make choices that will determine whether Mohammed will live or die. Alix is a likeable and brave character who has problems of her own – Dad has left, Mom has a broken leg, and Grandfather just died. Samir is an Iraqi refugee who is bullied at their school. This thought-provoking book deals with important themes, like racism, immigration, diversity, and human rights.  mjw
Title: Hidden
Author: Miriam Halahmy
Publisher
: Holiday House
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Albury Books
Original Copyright
: 2011
ISBN
: 978–0-8234-3694-1
Paperback pages
: 224
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Hayling Island, England
Author’s residence
: London, England
Awards
: Nominated for the Carnegie Medal
Subjects
: Asylum seekers, Gangs, Human rights, Immigrants-England, Iraqi, Political refugees, Racism, Terrorism

The Tin Snail

The tin snailThis fun, fast-paced World War II adventure, told through the eyes of a teenage boy, is based on the true story of the Citroen 2CV car. In 1938, thirteen-year-old Angelo wants to help his father, who is a well-known auto designer, invent a car for everyday working people. After many failures and crashes, they, with the help of Angelo’s friend Camille and other villagers, build a prototype that will carry “a farmer, his wife, two chickens, a flagon of wine, and a dozen eggs safely across a bumpy fields.” War breaks out and testing the prototype, the Tin Snail, becomes difficult because the Nazis want to steal the design. Black-and–white chapter-heading drawings are a delightful addition. An epilogue, set at the Paris Motor Show of 1948, tells about the post-war development of the car and brings readers up to date with Angelo and Camille. A final chapter, The True Story Behind The Tin Snail, gives the events that inspired the story. mjw
Title: The Tin Snail
Author: Cameron McAllister
Illustrator
: Sam Usher
Publisher
: Delacorte Press
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Random House Children’s Publishers UK, London
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-0-553-53638-6
Hardcover pages
: 275
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: France
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Brighton, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: North London, England
Subjects
: Automobiles – design and construction, Cars, Europe, Fathers and sons, France, German occupation, Italians, Military and wars, Underground movements, World War II

Don’t Cross The Line!

dont-cross-the-lineAn armed guard stands at the gutter of the book. He follows the angry general’s order without question and the order is that no one can cross the line (the gutter) to the right-hand page of the book. A lone person and a dog try to cross. The guard yells “STOP!” More and more people and creatures appear until the left-hand page is full. A red ball bounces over the line and the guard allows two children to retrieve it. Then, the floodgates open and everyone crosses. When the general sees the crowd, he tries to arrest the guard. The crowd rebels. “NO WAY! HE’S OUR HERO!” Colorful endpapers identify the 63 characters in the book. The speech-bubbled storyline and lively illustrations rendered in colored marker enhance this story about injustice and peaceful questioning of authority. mjw
Title: Don’t Cross The Line
Author: Isabel Minhos Martins
Illustrator
: Bernardo P. Carvalho
Publisher
: Gecko Press, New Zealand
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Portuguese
Translator
: Daniel Hahn
Original Title
: Daqui ninguem passa!
Original Publisher
: Planeta Tangerina, Portugal
Original Copyright
: 2106
ISBN
: 978-1776570744
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Portuguese
Author’s residence
: Portugal
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Portuguese
Illustrator’s residence
: Portugal
Subjects
: Authoritarianism. Dictatorship, Generals, Government, Peace, Pets, Revolution Social issues

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

stepping-stonesThis stunning bilingual Arabic/English picture book was inspired by the unique stone-collage art of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr. It is the story of Rama and her family, who are forced to flee their once peaceful village to escape the devastation of the civil war. Taking only what they can carry on their backs, Rama, her mother and father, her grandfather, and her brother Sami, walk to freedom in Europe. The artist’s images are photographs of carefully placed stones, creating figures that come to life to tell the story.   A forward tells how the author discovered Badr’s art. mjw
Title: Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey
Author: Margriet Ruurs
Illustrator
: Nizar Ali Badr
Publisher
: Orca Book Publishers
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English and Arabic
Translator
: Falah Raheem
ISBN
: 978-1-4598-1490-5
Hardcover pages
: 28
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Syria and Europe
Author’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Author’s residence
: British Columbia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Syrian
Illustrator’s residence
: Syria
Subjects
: Bilingual books, Civil war- Syria 2011, Refugee crisis, Refugees, Stone art, Syria.

The World Beneath

25489059Eleven-year-old Joshua is growing up in South Africa in 1976. Because he is living as a young black boy during apartheid, he is not equal to the white people living around him. One day, by chance, Joshua meets a freedom fighter who is escaping the police and invites him home. While listening to the stories of the freedom fighter,  Joshua learns the harsh reality of rebelling against power. As he becomes more involved in the fight for freedom, he struggles to understand his role in society. In this richly historic novel young readers will get a glimpse into the world of apartheid South Africa through a young perspective.  amo
Title: The World Beneath
Author: Janice Warman
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-7856-2
Hardcover pages
: 176
Age range
: 10-14
Genre
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: South Africa
Author’s ethnicity
: South African
Author’s residence
: England
Subjects
: Apartheid, Human Rights, South Africa