Child soldier : when boys and girls are used in war (CitizenKid) (#0753LW3)

by Humphreys, Jessica Dee; illustrated by Davila, Claudia

7 reviews & awards | 5 full-text reviews

Hardcover Kids Can Press, 2015
Price: USD 16.65
Description: 47 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color map ; 24 cm.
Dewey: 355.083; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 4.4
AR 4.4 MG 1 175856EN; RC 4.2 5; LEX 680L


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CitzenKid is a collection of books that informs children about the world and inspires them to be better global citizens. The collection aims to make complex global issues accessible for children ages 8 to 12, and covers topics such as water conservation, biodiversity, food security, micro lending, citizenship, global awareness and more. Each book provides information and resources to inspire children to make a difference, both locally and globally.

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From Follett

Includes bibliographical references (page 47). "In graphic novel format looks at Michel Chikwanine's account of his time in a rebel militia, his escape and his efforts to make a new life for himself and his family in Canada..."--Dust jacket.

From the Publisher
Michel is like many other five-year-olds: he has a loving family and spends his days going to school and playing soccer. But in 1993, the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Michel and his family live, is a country in tumult. One afternoon Michel and his friends are kidnapped by rebel militants and forced to become child soldiers. Child Soldier is the sometimes heartbreaking but ultimately inspiring true story of the triumph of the human spirit.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Series: CitizenKid
  • Dewey: 355.083
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 47 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color map ; 24 cm.
  • Tracings: Chikwanine, Michel, author. ; Davila, Claudia, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-77138-126-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-77138-126-0
  • Follett Number: 0753LW3
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 4.4
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.4
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 1
  • AR Quiz: 175856EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 4.2
  • Reading Counts Points: 5
  • Lexile: 680L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 08/01/15
  • Horn Book Guide, 04/01/16
  • Kirkus Reviews, 05/15/15
  • Library Media Connection, 12/01/15
  • Publishers Weekly, 06/29/15
  • Resource Links, 02/01/16
  • School Library Journal starred, 07/01/15

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (August 2015 (Vol. 111, No. 22))
Grades 4-7. Chikwanine describes his harrowing real-life experiences as an extremely young child soldier in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 1993, rebel soldiers kidnapped five-year-old Michel and some older classmates and forced them to train as soldiers. In order to make Michel think he could never go home, they drugged and blindfolded him and, putting a rifle in his hands, made him shoot—and kill—his best friend. Even after he escaped and found his way home, danger threatened Michel’s family for years. While his experiences were horrible and violent, Davila’s subdued, approachable art shows only enough to suggest to readers what’s going on. The wide, haunted eyes of the boys will stay with the reader long after finishing the book. The narration includes enough history of the Congo to give context to the personal story, while the back matter provides more information about child soldiers. The book also includes information on how young people can learn more and take action to prevent organizations from using child soldiers.

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