The Red Pencil
  • The Red Pencil
  • The Red Pencil
ISBN: 0316247820
EAN13: 9780316247825
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 3, 2015
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 7.6" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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.

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Written in verse, we are there with Amira on her journey through the hardships of her life in rural Sudan and how a small gift helped her not just overcome them, but also discover herself in the process. It covers a lot of situations not typically seen in middle school books, but I think that makes this book all the more valuable. Thank you Andrea Davis Pinkney for all the research that you have put into this book for us clearly! For a more in-depth review of The Red Pencil and other great children's books, visit childrensbookacademy. com and check out our blog Mondays with Mandy or Mira.
   Poignant, powerful, horribly beautiful.
A poignant and powerful telling of the horrors of Darfur, told by the POV of a twelve-year-old girl. I hope my 10 year old granddaughter understands this introduction to the sociology of Sudan. I include the PDF downloadable educator's guide for her parents'use.
   Powerful and emotional. A great read & addition to unit on Africa, equality, or nonwestern cultures.
This book is in the verse... and it is so beautiful and heartbreaking at times... so powerful. I stomped a few times.... the poem Fleeing on Page 121 was particularly powerful.... the line.... Each of us bears the heaviest weight of all,anguish, unmovable, like so many mud brick sacks. And her most prized possession is a twig... so impactful. I can 't say good... so enough.
   Excellent middle grade novel!
As a middle school English teacher, I see this taught with Home of the Brave and or during a poetry unit. Vivid imagery lends itself to all kinds of literary study.