Making It Home: Real-Life Stories from Children Forced to Flee

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In this inspiring collection, children living all over the world speak about being forced to flee their homes as refugees. With original, autobiographical accounts, Making It Home gives a poignant voice to the millions of young people whose lives have been disrupted by war but who have escaped. With maps, brief histories of each country, and an eight-page photo insert, this book helps young people understand the world and the children who share the dream of freedom.

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Overview

In this inspiring collection, children living all over the world speak about being forced to flee their homes as refugees. With original, autobiographical accounts, Making It Home gives a poignant voice to the millions of young people whose lives have been disrupted by war but who have escaped. With maps, brief histories of each country, and an eight-page photo insert, this book helps young people understand the world and the children who share the dream of freedom.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-These brief narratives by young people escaping their war-torn lands and lives are significant because while only 20 voices are presented here, Beverley Naidoo's introduction states that "more than 20 million children and their families have been forced to leave their homes to escape from the effects of war in recent years." Narrators from Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Congo, Liberia, Sudan, and Burundi reveal the injustices of their lives, forced by fate to have anything but normal childhoods. A short introduction precedes each narrative or set of narratives and gives the history of the country's conflict, providing much-needed background information. The selections were written by children as young as 6, with most of them by teenagers, up to 17. The pain of their experiences is raw; losing a parent or siblings changes their view of the world, and yet, despite it all, the universal feeling is one of hope for the future. The contributors have little to fear, having survived the worst. A centerfold features full-color photos of several of the young people.-Alexa Sandmann, Kent State University, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Workers from the International Rescue Committee retell the stories of 18 of the millions of children who, because of war, have fled their homes and are now living in camps in other parts of their own countries, in neighboring countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, or in new homes in the UK and the United States. Most are 10-15 years old. Some emigrated with parents and siblings; others have been separated from their families. Nearly all recall a larger house and childhood games, but many remember scenes of horrifying violence that accompanied their leaving home. Contrary to the suggestion of the title, many of these young people do not consider their current residence permanent; they look forward to returning to a homeland free of violence. However, their stories demonstrate their resilience, their enjoyment of new friends, their willingness to work at school and to dream. Maps and brief histories of each country's war are included. A section of black-and-white photographs enlivens an otherwise bland and somewhat formulaic text. It is hard to imagine a wide readership for this well-meant collection but, as Naidoo reminds in an introduction, these children challenge us not to look away. (Nonfiction. 11-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142404553
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/8/2005
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,092,779
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Stories from
Kosovo - written from London, England 7
Bosnia - written from Luton, England 15
Afghanistan - written from Pakistan 23
Iraq - written from California, USA and Iraq 38
Congo - written from Arizona, USA; the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo 48
Liberia - written from the Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone 65
Sudan - written from Uganda, Sudan and Kenya 76
Burundi - written from Tanzania and Arizona, USA 91
Glossary 111
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