The Red Pencil

By PINKNEY, Andrea Davis

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ISBN
9780316247801 9780316247818
Publisher
Little, Brown


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on July 1, 2014  |  Grades 5-8

Gr 5–7—Set during the early years of the Darfur conflict, this stunning collaboration between Coretta Scott King Award winners Pinkney and Evans tells a moving story of the scarring effects of war but also brings a message of hope and inspiration. Twelve-year-old Amira wishes to attend school, but her mother, "born into a flock of women/locked in a hut of tradition," does not support the girl's aspirations and expects her to only marry and bear children. In contrast, Amira's father praises he...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on September 1, 2014

The first part of this vivid novel, set from September 2003 to March 2004, celebrates twelve-year-old Amira's life on her family farm in Darfur, Sudan. Her first-person prose poems and lively childlike sketches focus on her Muma and Dando and little sister Leila; her friend Halima who leaves the village to attend school; her favorite sheep Nali; and the other elements that make up her world: wheat and tomatoes, sparrows and the wind storm called the haboob. But whispers ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

The first part of this vivid verse novel, set from September 2003 to March 2004, celebrates twelve-year-old Amira's life on her family farm in ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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