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Bamboo People Hardcover – July 1, 2010
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Chiko's life is spent mostly indoors, and it's driving him insane. Ever since his father was arrested and taken by the Burmese armies the boy has been forced to hide in his home. His mother's fear? That he'll be snatched away and forced to serve in the army like other boys his age. But when a risk taken to apply for a teaching position leads instead to his capture, Chiko is forced into the impossible position of aiding his government as a soldier.Read more ›
Bamboo People is the kind of fiction that will make one want to seek out the facts. Perkin's has written an eye opening novel for those unfamiliar with what's going on in Burma. The author manages is to educate, while never once forgetting she's telling a story. For many authors this could have easily turned into a story filled with flat characters, relying heavily on facts . But not Perkins, she's a gifted story teller, that comes across on every page.
15 yr old Chiko, is tricked and forced to serve in the Burmese military. Before, Chiko is taken he was living with his mother. His father, a doctor was imprisoned for going against the government. Thanks to his father, Chiko is a smart, well read and independent thinker. He doesn't want to go to war, he wants to teach. Though he must quickly learned to adapt, to survive and make it home.
The captain, the man in charge of kidnapping the young Burmese boys has it in for Chiko. Calling him the teacher with venom. Tai, a young boy from the street quickly attaches himself to Chiko. At first glance Chiko underestimates this boy from the streets, though he quickly learns Tai is smart with a good heart. The first half of Bamboo People is Chiko story. The boy soldiers are of two groups, those who believe in the captain, willingly calling him father and those who don't. Chiko and Tai are in the latter. Perkins is great at the slow build.Read more ›
Tu Reh is a young Karenni boy. Burmese soldiers have forced him and his family out of their home and into a refugee camp across the Thai border. Tu Reh and his best friend, Sa Reh are consumed with anger and they're anxious to exact revenge. Tu Reh's father is a well regarded and peaceful man - when he selects Tu Reh to accompany him on the camp's latest mission, Tu Reh is ecstatic.
Chiko's and Tu Reh's lives intersect at a violent and surprising moment, changing them and their families forever.
Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins is an absolutely amazing book! I'm not sure I'll be able to adequately express just how much I loved it and how important I think it is. It's impossible to read this book and not be affected. I felt a range of emotions from anger and sadness to joy and hope. Chiko and Tu Reh are such different characters but I became attached to both of them and rooted for them along the way, especially when their lives came together in such a violent and unexpected way.Read more ›
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This was an excellent book exploring the lives of a Burmese boy forcibly conscripted into the army and a Karenni boy whose home had been destroyed by the Burmese army. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Liked the book, it was decent, good writing and plot. Recommended for you if you like suspense or serious topics.Published 6 months ago by CAROLINE M. FUNG
There are so few fiction books on human trafficking and child soldiers that having any ya book covering the topic is valuable. Well written and suitable for young readersPublished 7 months ago by J
An exiting adventure.
In the jungles of Burma men and children are fighting in a war for the freedom of their homeland.
The story begins with a boy named Chiko. Read more