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Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees by [Ellis, Deborah]
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Length: 128 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 and up Grade Level: 6 and up

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*Starred Review* As in Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak (2004), Ellis gets behind the news images and lets the most vulnerable civilians bear witness to what today’s wars are doing to their lives. With the help of interpreters, she interviews child refugees from Iraq, now living in Jordan, and a few who have made it to Canada. A brief general introduction talks about the contemporary politics and the ethnic and religious diversity, and Ellis is clear about the brutality of Saddam, his fall, the role of oil in the conflict, the U.S. invasion, and bombing. Accompanying each of the following interviews with young people is a brief introduction and a photo, although a few children didn’t want to be identified. Some have strong opinions for and against Saddam and the U.S.; most do not. What is haunting are their graphic recent memories of what they witnessed, including school bombings, violence against their families, arrests, and displacement. One hates the invaders; another bonds with an American soldier who comes to search for weapons. Many live in a foreign country that does not want them. An important, current title that will have lasting significance. Grades 7-12. --Hazel Rochman

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Long-listed for the OLA Silver Birch Nonfiction Award, 2010

A USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2010


"An important, current title that will have lasting significance." — Booklist, starred review

"…The voices are poignant, insightful, angry and hopeful…An important chronicle of war and the world's most vulnerable." — Kirkus, starred review

"Eye-opening…unforgettable and though-provoking&hellip" — Quill & Quire

Product Details

  • File Size: 561 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books (May 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 24, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BE01H2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,008 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Not intended for children younger than about 12-13, but an excellent short, easy-to-read, and powerful counterpoint to the violence-as- entertainment culture of the U.S. I have been protesting these unjust(ified) wars for the last nine years. From now on, I will use these short descriptions of war from the point of view of their young victims. Although published during the Bush years, nothing has or will change until our hearts are changed.
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My son who hates to read was required to read a non fiction book. I was having a really hard time finding a book that he would like or even show an interest in until this one. It was really interesting book for him as it showed the other side of what is going on from the children's perspective. He enjoyed reading it and found it very sad. I think our kids have a very narrow view of the world and books like these open it up a bit. We are so blessed in this country and often we forget it..
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As an ESL teacher with many Iraqi refugees in my class, I was looking for background on their experiences. The voices of the children in these first-person accounts were powerful and heartbreaking. The author provides a context for each child's story yet lets the children speak for themselves.
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This powerful collection of the voices of Iraqi children captures the realities of the consequences and costs of war on this tender generation. I really love that it includes photos and also information about various NGO's so readers know how to get involved if they are interested in doing so. What a compelling read!
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Format: Hardcover
From the book: "I don't know how I feel about living in America, seeing the American flag every day. These are the people who destroyed my country, and they are over there across the ocean living a good life. They destroy things, then they forget about it and have a good supper and watch TV."
Our great military "destroyed" an evil dictator, that murdered and tortured his own people! But this book is filled with leftist propaganda.
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