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. T
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I tend to struggle with books written in verse, but I quite enjoyed this one! Though I definitely still had some issues here and there. I feel like the beginning part of the story could’ve been condensed and the ending could’ve been expanded. Other than that this was a beautiful story about a girl who’s faced with with a life changing event and how she keeps herself going & heals.
when you marry,
you will not need to read.
A good wife lets her husband do the reading.”
Due to her sex and upbringing, twelve-year-old Amira’s options for the future are limited. She is expected to marry young, raise children, and work on a farm in Sudan. But changes are coming.
My father tries to explain something
that is more twisted
than a tangled
skein of raggedy thread.
“Amira, we are living in a time of war.”
He uses strange terms:
I understand a little more
GO READ THIS NOW. I’ll wait. It doesn’t take long, but it’s also a book to savor and reread. A middle grade novel told in verse, I have never read something so powerful with so few words. The sparse prose worked brilliantly, with not a word wasted. This is especially important because of the subject matter. The illustrations are evocative and rich pencil drawings, and I wish I could insert over 20+images here to prove it’s artistic beauty.
Pinkney was deeply moved by the Darfur conflict and want