What does it mean to be free? Top authors donate their talents to explore the question in a compelling collection to benefit Amnesty International.
A boy who thinks that school is "slavery" learns the true meaning of the word when he stumbles on a secret child-labor factory. A Palestinian boy, mute from trauma, releases kites over a wall to a hilltop settlement, each bearing a message of peace. This inspiring, engaging anthology gathers an international roster of authors to explore such themes as asylum, law, education, and faith -- from a riveting tale of an attempt to find drinking water after Hurricane Katrina; to a chilling look at a future where microchips track every citizen's every move; to a hilarious police interrogation involving the London Tower, the Crown Jewels, and a Ghanaian boy with a passion for playing marbles. Features an introduction by British writer Jacqueline Wilson.
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Grades 7-10. Short fiction by 14 prominent children’s writers from around the world dramatize the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights with contemporary personal stories about young people who are victims, perpetrators, or activists. Some entries have a heavy message, but even those will draw in readers with the facts about what is happening now. Margaret Mahy writes about class with wit and intensity, as does Jamila Gavin, who sets the class war in India, where a young girl’s family throws her out for resisting an arranged marriage and choosing a hill boy. David Almond explores school power plays in a story about a boy who says no to a popular bully. Hurricane Katrina is Rita Williams-Garcia’s setting. Two contemporary Palestinian stories compare the current occupation with Native American experiences of oppression. Occasional, stark design elements illustrate, and with each story, there is a note that highlights its connection with the Declaration of Human Rights, which is appended in its full text. Sure to spark discussion and perhaps participation in Amnesty International.