Where is Amira now? (In the spirit of the novel, I‘m hoping for “shiny” things.) I am left wishing for sketchbook 2!
Amira figuratively turns plastic grocery sacks into Sundanese flowers, her father‘s legacy of looking for “what else is possible.”
Told in verse, the story focuses on Amira, a young Sudanese farm girl, who wants to learn to read and write, but whose mother refuses to let her. When tragedy strikes their small village, she and her family and neighbors must make their way to a refugee camp and adjust to a new way of life. I love how novels told in verse are able to relate difficult events and the feelings of the narrators in a way that is accessible to young readers.
My first book completed in 2018 is a moving novel in verse told from the perspective of a 12yo girl living in a refugee camp in Sudan. She has been traumatized after an attack on her village and it is a red pencil and paper given to her by an aid worker that helps her find her voice again.
Works as a #onesittingbook for #readharder2018
If you haven‘t read this yet, stop whatever you‘re reading and get this into your hands/ears/whatever. The story and message are powerful and important and you need to read this! #weneeddiversebooks #kidlit
Really liked this mix of poetry-prose and illustrations telling the tale of a Sudanese family escaping from genocide. Poignant in its childlike simplicity. Does a great job making hard topics relatable to young readers.
Story written in prose so it was a 1-day read for me. Definitely touches on the genocide in South Africa with "kid gloves" meaning that the gory details aren't spelled out. Pinkney wanted to focus on personalizing the story and I think she accomplished this in a way that an elementary or middle school student can handle.
I was drawn in by the cover, hooked by the back cover blurb, and now I'm discovering it's a novel in verse! I'm a HUGE fan of the novel in verse format which makes me that much more excited to read this! It also hits several of the book challenges I am doing in 2017: