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Lines in the Sand: New Writing on War and Peace

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Described by Publishing News as "one of the hottest books of [the 2003 Bologna Children's Book Fair]," this is a challenging and thought-provoking collection of new poetry and prose from some of the world's most prestigious and talented children's authors and illustrators, with an original cover by Jane Ray. They were inspired by their feelings about the conflict in Iraq, though the wars covered range from a 13th Century Crusade, through the earlier wars of the 20th Century, to more recent conflicts in Bosnia, ...

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Overview

Described by Publishing News as "one of the hottest books of [the 2003 Bologna Children's Book Fair]," this is a challenging and thought-provoking collection of new poetry and prose from some of the world's most prestigious and talented children's authors and illustrators, with an original cover by Jane Ray. They were inspired by their feelings about the conflict in Iraq, though the wars covered range from a 13th Century Crusade, through the earlier wars of the 20th Century, to more recent conflicts in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Kosovo, right up to what was happening in Iraq in 2003.

With over 150 poems, stories and pictures about war and peace, Lines in the Sand offers hope for the future. Perfect for use in schools to help educate children when dealing with the topic of war, each contribution depicts a strong anti-war message and will serve as a cry for peace in these troubled times.

All royalties will go to UNICEF to directly fund the bringing of aid to child victims of the war in Iraq. We feel very strongly that there is currently nothing available to children and their parents and teachers that deals so articulately with the atrocities of war and how they affect children the world over. This is an important book in a time in which the anti-war movement is in danger of being silenced in America. It will be appreciated by children 7 up and adults of all ages.

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Contemporary stories and ghost stories, fables and folktales fill a wide variety of short story and poetry collections. The timely anthology Lines in the Sand: New Writing on War and Peace, edited by Mary Hoffman and Rhiannon Lassiter, gathers over 150 stories, poems and illustrations about the horrors of war and hopes for peace. Writers and artists explore situations around the world in the distant and recent past as well as the present; contributors include Laurence Anholt, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Chris Riddell and Jane Yolen. The collection offers a good launch point for discussion, and all royalties go to "UNICEF's emergency appeal for the children of Iraq." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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This sometimes eloquent, sometimes uneven collection of nearly two hundred poems, stories, and art represents thoughts, feelings and reactions to war-from those long ago in the thirteenth century to present-day Afghanistan and Iraq. Writers from around the world contribute to this collection, including such voices as David Almond, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Michael Morpurgo, Beverley Naidoo, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Jane Yolen along with the artwork of Doug Cushman and Shirley Hughes. One particularly moving story is Heartmines by Sabina Horvat, in which a young boy, Petar, is invited to join a group of children who are playing soccer, and they play all afternoon, having a great time. At the end of the day, when Petar is asked where he lived before, he replies that he is from Serbia. Because the others are Croatian, they abandon Petar, who follows them and saves their lives by warning them that the soccer field is full of landmines. Later in a moving scene, Pero, the narrator, finds out that both the Serbs and Croats laid mines. His grandmother talks about the need to not only remove the physical landmines, but those in their hearts as well. It is only then that they can begin to live in peace. Although not an essential purchase, this international collection will bring comfort and hope to readers as they become aware of and ponder their beliefs of both war and peace. The book includes an index of titles, writers, and artists. For those who are not as knowledgeable about international writers and illustrators, a geographical index would be a welcome addition. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High,defined as grades 7 to 9). 2003, The Disinformation Company (Dist. by Consortium Books), 288p.; Index. Illus., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 15.
—Mary Ann Capan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972952910
  • Publisher: Disinformation Company, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Road to War 7
2. Captive Audience 55
3. Strange Meetings 85
4. In the Ruins 137
5. The World We Made 195
6. Seeds of Hope 237
Index Of Titles 282
Index Of Contributors 284
Index of Artists 286
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