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The Red Pencil
The Red Pencil | Andrea Davis Pinkney
23 posts | 24 read | 26 to read
"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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TheKidUpstairs
The Red Pencil | Andrea Davis Pinkney
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Two more completed for #Booked2019

#MuslimAuthororMC - Reading Lolita in Tehran
#DiverseMiddleGrade - The Red Pencil

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Well done 👍🏽 5mo
Cinfhen Hope all is well by you!!! 5mo
wordslinger42 I loved Reading Lolita in Tehran!! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Woooot!! 👊🏻♥️📚 5mo
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makingitupdaily
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This book was almost a so so because it took awhile to catch me and I don‘t know that I got as emotionally involved as I hoped, but the story picked up about half way through and it definitely speaks a truth worth reading.

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Emily92Bibliophile
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A story of a displaced girl in Sudan who faces tragic circumstances. Her village is attacked and she and her family must flee to a refugee camp, living in squalid conditions 💙In verse, and her love for drawing and learning to write shows across all the pages.

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Eggs
The Red Pencil | Andrea Davis Pinkney
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Darfur. 2003. Twelve year old Amira, after a massacre, now lives in a refugee camp, burning with desire to read, draw, write, and learn. Poignant beautiful story in verse

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mrsmarch
The Red Pencil | Andrea Davis Pinkney
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#whereiread Waiting for the tire on my brand new car to be repaired or replaced #LitsyAtoZ #R #passportlitsy #Sudan

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Tamra
The Red Pencil | Andrea Davis Pinkney
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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.”

mrp27 I liked this one too. 2y
dragondrool This one was great 2y
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Chelsibno
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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.

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RealLifeReading
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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

Peddler410 I loved that book! 2y
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heidisreads
The Red Pencil | Andrea Davis Pinkney
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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

TheWordJar My daughter and I are going to read this together soon. I'm really looking forward to it! 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
The Red Pencil | Andrea Davis Pinkney
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I wish I was reading by a campfire....
🏕⛺🔥🔥🔥⛺🏕
#redbooks (with red titles)

#augustlibrary17 @beachbookworm7

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biblio_ginger
The Red Pencil | Andrea Davis Pinkney
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My newest bookhaul! I can't wait to read them all but I am definitely leaning towards The Red Pencil! Titles you may not be able to read are The Giant House by Elizabeth McCracken, Instructions for the Apocalypse by Rod Sweet, and Fun Parts by Sam Lipsyte. #bookhaul #haul

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TheKidUpstairs
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A recent impulse purchase (the cover just jumped out at me) about #refugees

#junebookbugs (for real this time!)
@RealLifeReading

Jess7 The cover is pretty! Let me know if it's any good. 3y
RealLifeReading Beautiful cover 3y
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skyeharmony
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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.

BestOfFates Haha, love the pencils!! 3y
skyeharmony @BestOfFates Thank you 😄 3y
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Campbrarian
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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.

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Peddler410
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This was a great read about finding hope in what might be a hopeless time. Amira wants more and finds a way to pursue her dream especially after tragedy strikes her village.

#huggable

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Peddler410
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"Why did Allah make mosquitoes?"

That is a question my daughter asks every summer! Her reactions to bites are extreme! Her whole leg or arm will swell, turn red, and heat up!

SharonGoforth I'd like to know that as well! Hate mosquitoes. 3y
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Peddler410
The Red Pencil | Andrea Davis Pinkney
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First book of 2017! Might just finish it today.

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Peddler410
The Red Pencil | Andrea Davis Pinkney
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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:
#litsyatoz
#litsypoetry365
#bookriotreadharder
#litsyreadingchallenge

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TheDoubleLetterThief
The Red Pencil | Andrea Davis Pinkney
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A quick read. Vivid, tragic, soft and engrossing. Deep events delivered with the lightness of verse. #travelread #readontheplane

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Bruhnette
The Red Pencil | Andrea Davis Pinkney
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I wanted to like it, but I just didn't. I did listen to the audio book version so maybe that had something to do with it. I listen while driving so I sometimes miss bits and pieces.