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

by Humphreys, Jessica Dee; illustrated by Davila, Claudia

8 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; Audience: Upper Elementary; Reading Level: 4.4
AR 4.4 MG 1 175856EN; RC 4.2 5; LEX 680L
From the publisher: Grades 5-9; Ages 10-14
From Booklist: Grades 4-7; Kirkus: Ages 10-14; PW: Ages 5-8; SLJ: Gr 3-6; read the full-text reviews


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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 Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his school-yard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, Michel managed to escape and find his way back to his family, but he was never the same again. After immigrating to Canada, Michel was encouraged by a teacher to share what happened to him in order to raise awareness about child soldiers around the world, and this book is part of that effort. Told in the first person and presented in a graphic novel format, the gripping story of Michel's experience is moving and unsettling. But the humanity he exhibits in the telling, along with Claudia D vila's illustrations, which evoke rather than depict the violent elements of the story, makes the book accessible for this age group and, ultimately, reassuring and hopeful. The back matter contains further information, as well as suggestions for ways children can help. This is a perfect resource for engaging youngsters in social studies lessons on global awareness and social justice issues, and would easily spark classroom discussions about conflict, children's rights and even bullying. Michel's actions took enormous courage, but he makes clear that he was and still is an ordinary person, no different from his readers. He believes everyone can do something to make the world a better place, and so he shares what his father told him: ?If you ever think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.'

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
  • Reading Level: 4.4
  • Audience: Upper Elementary
  • Grades: 5-9
  • Ages: 10-14
  • Booklist: Grades 4-7
  • Kirkus: Ages 10-14
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 5-8
  • School Library Journal: Gr 3-6
  • 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
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2016
  • 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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