Best Books 2014: The Red Pencil| Middle Grade

In this lyrical “novel told in poems, pictures, and possibilities,” 12-year-old Amira’s family life and dreams of going to school are shattered when Janjaweed militants attack her Sudanese village and force the survivors to flee to a refugee camp. Silenced by her grief, the girl’s voice and spirit are slowly restored by the amazing gift of a tablet and a red pencil. A heartening and powerful read.

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