When elephants fight : the lives of children in conflict in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Uganda (#0342CY4)

by Walters, Eric

8 reviews & awards | 4 full-text reviews

Paperback Orca Book Publishers, c2008, p2012
Price: USD 15.74
Description: 90 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 23 cm
Dewey: 305.23; Int Lvl: 5-8; Rd Lvl: 7.9
AR 8.2 MG+ 5 127509EN; RC 10.7 9; LEX 1130L


From Follett

Includes index. Provides true accounts of the lives of five children growing up in the midst of war in Sri Lanka, Uganda, Sarajevo, Afghanistan, and the Sudan, and examines the history of each conflict.

From the Publisher
The Lives of Children in Conflict in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Uganda. Portraits of five children victims of conflict, including regional history, maps and the causes and results of the conflict.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2012
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dewey: 305.23
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 90 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 23 cm
  • Tracings: Bradbury, Ashley, 1970-
  • ISBN-10: 1-55469-355-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-55469-355-9
  • Follett Number: 0342CY4
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 7.9
  • ATOS Book Level: 8.2
  • AR Interest Level: MG+
  • AR Points: 5
  • AR Quiz: 127509EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 10.7
  • Reading Counts Points: 9
  • Lexile: 1130L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 10/15/08
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/09
  • Kirkus Reviews, 09/15/08
  • Library Media Connection starred, 03/01/09
  • Resource Links, 02/01/09
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 04/01/09
  • Wilson's Junior High School, 10/01/10
  • Wilson's Senior High School, 06/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (October 15, 2008 (Vol. 105, No. 4))
Grades 6-12. Based on the eyewitness accounts of five children experiencing wars around the world, each chapter in this powerful volume tells one victim’s personal story in detail, followed by a long discussion of the history and politics of the conflict. The narratives are in the third person, accompanied by occasional moving photos of the child before the war, of his or her home under fire, and a brief final “follow-up” note about where the child is now. Some young people are direct targets in cases of genocide, with child soldiers trained to dehumanize others. Some children bear the brunt of an attack, as so-called collateral damage, and suffer starvation, disease, and loss of shelter. They also lose out when there are no resources for health and education. Some are in refugee camps and army barracks. A few lucky ones are immigrants who escaped. One,Toma in Chad, remains an ongoing victim of war. The harrowing individual accounts humanize today’s news reports and statistics. Add this to the Holocaust curriculum.

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