The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil

Paperback - 2015
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The powerful story of one girl's triumphant journey, inspired by true tales of life in Sudan -- now in paperback. Life in Amira's peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when Janjaweed attackers arrive, unleashing unspeakable horrors. After losing nearly everything, Amira needs to find the strength to make the long journey on foot to safety at a refugee camp. She begins to lose hope, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind -- and all kinds of possibilities.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2015
ISBN: 9780316247825
0316247820

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For 12-year-old Amira, life in the Sudan is a dangerous business. When the Janjaweed militia arrive, she must somehow flee to safety and hang on to hope of better days to come. A red pencil helps with that.

Amira and her family must escape to a refugee camp when a militia destroys their peaceful Sudanese village.


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PimaLib_MaryG Oct 11, 2016

Loved this book. The everyday struggles between Amira and her mother about Amira's desire for an education and her mother's traditionalist desire for marriage preparation for her daughter combine with the added struggle of surviving a brutal Janjaweed attack on their village in Darfur and being forced to live in the confines of a refugee camp in this beautifully rendered tale told through easy-to-read prose poetry and line drawings. Appealing to upper elementary through high school.

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jrhaasdyk1
Apr 16, 2015

Beautifully written, shows the many faces of wartime through prose-poetry. Invites young people to express their own struggles through art.

KCLSKidsDiverse Nov 17, 2014

An encouraging story of a young Sudanese refugee's experience. Poetic verse and captivating gray-toned illustrations make this an appealing title for reluctant readers. Includes a historical note, glossary, and pronunciation guide. Grades 5-7

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