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From The CriticsBased loosely on the story of the "children's village," a community in Croatia rebuilt by a mixed group of Serbs, Croats, and Muslims, many of whom were orphans of the war, Under the Sun traces the story of Ehmet, a thirteen-year-old who, with his mother, is displaced from Sarajevo and forced to wander across the countryside searching for sanctuary and missing family members. Dorros' novel provides younger adolescents with a vivid description of the Bosnian conflict through a sympathetic and compelling character. Ehmet's story demonstrates the futility and destruction caused by greed and ancient conflicts, but the novel also offers a vision of hope based on tolerance and compassion. Of particular interest is a diverse collection of compelling characters Ehmet meets on his journey in search of sanctuary. Under the Sun is a memorable story set against an important and tragic series of events. It is not a particularly enjoyable book, but it is an important book. 2004, Amulet Books, 216 pp., Ages young adult.
—F. Todd Goodson