for Children of War
by Deborah Ellis
The voices of Iraqi refugee children between the ages of ten and eighteen who have been displaced because of the war in Iraq speak from the pages of this compelling work. Some live in refugee camps in Jordan, others in cities in that country; a few are now in Canada. The children represent a range of religious and ethnic groups and backgrounds: Christian, Sunni, Shia; Kurdish; poor, middle class, wealthy. A few of them have been physically injured by war; all have experienced the trauma of loss, whether of a loved one or their home. Their voices are powerful and sometimes heart wrenching, whether describing their lives before displacement, expressing feelings of sadness, frustration, or anger, or sharing hopes for the future. Deborah Ellis’s outstanding introduction gives context to the lives of her subjects with a brief overview of recent history in Iraq, including both the first Gulf War and the current war. Missing from her introduction to the book or to the words of each child is any sense of what questions were asked during the interviews, an unfortunate oversight, but one that cannot diminish the power of these voices. A black-and-white photo of each child or teen accompanies his or her words. (Age 11 and older)
CCBC Choices 2010. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010. Used with permission.
In her previous interview-format books, Off to War (reviewed here) and Three Wishes (2004), Deborah Ellis proved herself to be a skilled interviewer. Children of War continues the tradition. She commences with historical in formation on Iraq. After reading this essay, there is no doubt that Ellis has a point of view, which is her privilege. Ellis introduces and provides back ground for the twenty-three Iraqi young people she spotlights in this book, many of whom are refugees or living illegally in foreign countries. A map and glossary provide assistance for readers who are not familiar with the Middle East. 2010 USBBY Outstanding International Books List, 2010 CCBC Choices, 2010 Skipping Stones Honor Awards, 2010 Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens. lmp
Bridges to Understanding: Envisioning the World through Children's Books. © USBBY, 2011. Used with permission.
Provides interviews with twenty-three young Iraqi children who have moved away from their homeland and tells of their fears, challenges, and struggles to rebuild their lives in foreign lands as refugees of war.
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