Free? : stories about human rights (#39431F3)

10 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Paperback Candlewick Press, c2009, p2010
Price: USD 9.70
Description: x, 202 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Dewey: -Fic-; Audience: Young Adult
AR 4.5 MG+ 5 136977EN; RC 4.6 11; LEX 750L; F&P Y
From Booklist: Grades 7-10; Kirkus: Ages 10+; PW: Ages 10-up; SLJ: Gr 7-Up


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FollettBound Glued Candlewick Press, c2009, p2010

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Klaus Vogel and the bad lads / by David Almond -- School slave / by Theresa Breslin -- Scout's honour / by Sarah Mussi -- Sarsaparilla / by Ursula Dubosarsky -- After the hurricane / by Rita Williams-Garcia -- If only Papa hadn't danced / by Patricia McCormick -- Prince Francis / by Roddy Doyle -- Uncle Meena / by Ibtisam Barakat -- Searching for a two-way street / by Malorie Blackman -- Setting words free / by Margaret Mahy -- Jojo learns to dance / by Meja Mwangi -- Wherever I lay down my head / by Jamila Gavin -- Christopher / by Eoin Colfer -- No trumpets needed / by Michael Morpurgo. An anthology of fourteen stories by young adult authors from around the world, on such themes as asylum, law, education, and faith, compiled in honor of the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

From the Publisher
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.

With stories by:
David Almond
Ibtisam Barakat
Malorie Blackman
Theresa Breslin
Eoin Colfer
Roddy Doyle
Ursula Dubosarsky
Jamila Gavin
Margaret Mahy
Patricia McCormick
Michael Morpurgo
Sarah Mussi
Meja Mwangi
Rita Williams-Garcia

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: April 27, 2010
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Story Collection
  • Description: x, 202 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
  • Tracings: Amnesty International.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-4926-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-4926-5
  • Follett Number: 39431F3
  • Audience: Young Adult
  • Booklist: Grades 7-10
  • Kirkus: Ages 10+
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 10-up
  • School Library Journal: Gr 7-Up
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.5
  • AR Interest Level: MG+
  • AR Points: 5
  • AR Quiz: 136977EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 4.6
  • Reading Counts Points: 11
  • Lexile: 750L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: Y

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 02/15/10
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 05/01/10
  • Horn Book Magazine, 10/01/10
  • Kirkus Reviews, 03/01/10
  • Library Media Connection, 05/01/10
  • Publishers Weekly, 04/19/10
  • School Library Journal, 06/01/10
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 04/01/10
  • Wilson's Junior High School, 10/01/10
  • Wilson's Senior High School, 10/01/11

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (February 15, 2010 (Vol. 106, No. 12))
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.

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