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Posted August 11, 2013
Review originally posted at Bettering Me Up. This is not a book
Review originally posted at Bettering Me Up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is not a book for children. Repeat: NOT a book for children. It's a graphic novel, but don't let that fool you. I felt absolutely sick while reading this and I'm sure I'm going to have nightmares tonight. I wouldn't dare give it to a child.
However awful I may feel after I finished this graphic novel, it's nothing near what the children in the Lord's Republican Army in Uganda experience on a daily basis. Intellectually, I know about Joseph Kony and his group of rebel soldiers. I've heard of the atrocities he advocates and the kill-or-be-killed mentality amongst his varied groups of soldiers. This book -- this perfectly-illustrated, emotionally-charged, scary-as-hell look at what a boy goes through after he is kidnapped -- brings it all home.
If you are bothered by children put in terrible situations, don't read this graphic novel. If, however, you want the experience of what it's like to be a child of war, pick this up immediately.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Posted May 8, 2013
Adapted from the author's novel, "War Brothers," this
Adapted from the author's novel, "War Brothers," this version shows, through beautiful illustrations and prose, the horrors of civil war and the cost of human bondage on a group, be it a tribe or nation. The violence is appropriate to the topic and is such that readers middle-school age and above will understand in the context with which it is shown. You will cheer for the boys (and the few girls mentioned), rooting for them to escape or at least make the best decision in whatever situation they find themselves in. A great source for teaching about civil war and enslavement.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.