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Writing in the notebook which her teacher gave her, thirteen-year-old Celiane describes life with her mother and brother in Haiti as well as her experiences in Brooklyn after the family finally immigrates there to be reunited with her father.
Posted December 1, 2012
This is one of my favorite Edwidge Danticat books. I read this book when I was a young teen. Being Haitian American, I was not always proud being Haitian. This book changed that. I also became an instant Edwidge Danticat fan. I recommend this book to any young Haitian American girl. It gives a whole new outlook on the Haitian and Haitian American culture.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 1, 2004
Behind the Mountains is Edwidge Danticat¿s endeavor into young adult fiction. Danticat, renowned for her adult works such as ¿The Farming of Bones,¿ ¿Krik? Krak!¿ and ¿Breath, Eyes, Memory,¿ is a Haitian-American author who writes with incredible beauty and poise. While Behind the Mountains is not as enchanting as her other works, it is an important story of a young girl, Celiane, growing up in present-day Haiti. The political unrest in her nation leads her family to be split apart, and eventually, Celiane moves to America. This novel, told in journal-entry form, chronicles her feelings and experiences during this tumultuous time. The history of Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, is incredibly violent and devastating, and you may have to be prepared to explain this to young readers during their reading of the book (read ¿The Farming of Bones¿ for a more detailed account). It is an excellent and appropriate book for children as young as fifth grade. Celiane is a relatable character and the story is quite moving. Danticat is one of my favorite authors, and I highly recommend this as well as her other books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 12, 2009
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