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    9781771386289 9781771381260 Hardback, Printed dust jacket, , $18.95 CAD
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    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient: X Lexile measure: 680L
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    Distributor: Hachette Book Group Availability: In stock On Sale Date:Mar 03, 2020 Carton Quantity:80 $12.99 CAD
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Child Soldier
When Boys and Girls Are Used in War
By (author): Michel Chikwanine By (author): Jessica Dee Humphreys Illustrated by: Claudia Dávila
9781525304057 Paperback, Digest English Juvenile: Age (years) from 10 - 14, Grade (US) from 5 - 9 JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Military & Wars Mar 03, 2020
$12.99 CAD
Active 7.5 x 9 x 0.4 in | 0.39 lb 48 pages Kids Can Press
2016 Book of the Year for Children Award, Canadian Library Association 2016, Short-listed ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2016 (Older Readers), American Library Association 2016, Long-listed 2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens, YALSA 2016, Long-listed Best Bets Junior Non-Fiction, Ontario Library Association 2015, Winner 2016/2017 Children's Choice Book Award, Hackmatack 2016, Long-listed Information Book Award - Honour Book, Children's Literature Roundtable of Canada 2016, Winner Best Publication for Kids, Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2016, Short-listed Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred , Canadian Children's Book Centre 2016, Winner Honor Book, Skipping Stones 2016, Winner Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction , Fleck Family Foundation 2016, Short-listed The Dragon Award, The Joe Shuster Awards 2016, Short-listed Red Maple Non-Fiction Award, Ontario Library Association 2017, Winner Golden Oak Award, Ontario Library Association 2017, Short-listed Non-Fiction Award, Grand Canyon Reader Awards 2018, Short-listed
Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his school-yard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, Michel managed to escape and find his way back to his family, but he was never the same again. After immigrating to Canada, Michel was encouraged by a teacher to share what happened to him in order to raise awareness about child soldiers around the world, and this book is part of that effort. Told in the first person and presented in a graphic novel format, the gripping story of Michel's experience is moving and unsettling. But the humanity he exhibits in the telling, along with Claudia Dávila's illustrations, which evoke rather than depict the violent elements of the story, makes the book accessible for this age group and, ultimately, reassuring and hopeful. The back matter contains further information, as well as suggestions for ways children can help. This is a perfect resource for engaging youngsters in social studies lessons on global awareness and social justice issues, and would easily spark classroom discussions about conflict, children's rights and even bullying. Michel's actions took enormous courage, but he makes clear that he was and still is an ordinary person, no different from his readers. He believes everyone can do something to make the world a better place, and so he shares what his father told him: “If you ever think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.”

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel Chikwanine has experienced civil war, political upheaval and poverty, emerging as an individual wise beyond his years. Forced by these circumstances to leave his home country at the age of 11 as a refugee, Michel has since traveled to 35 African countries, witnessing firsthand the problems faced by the developing world, but also the beauty of the communities and people who live [email protected]

Graphic in format but not detail ...The visual element gives this memoir particular immediacy for audiences who "don't understand what is happening right now, to kids just like them." - Kirkus Reviews

... an eye-opening and heartbreaking account of Chikwanine's kidnapping at the age of five. - Quill & Quire

An enlightening, accessible, and, above all, child-friendly introduction to the issue. - School Library Journal, Starred Review

... Child Soldier conveys Michel's horrific experience with sensitivity, insight, and skill ... also providing readers with relevant information about the geography and history of the country. - Quill & Quire, Starred Review

... the direct first-person narration lays bare the boy's confusion and pain ...[while] Dávila's panel sequences temper the story's atrocities ... - Publishers Weekly

The narration includes enough history of the Congo to give context to the personal story, while the back matter provides more information about child soldiers. - Booklist

An unforgettable book that provides factual information about civil wars and especially child soldiers. - Resource Links

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