The red pencil

by Pinkney, Andrea Davis,

Format: Book on MP3 Disc 2014
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Audio JMP3 PINKNEY Andrea Davis UNABRIDGED
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Audio
Call Number  JMP3 PINKNEY Andrea Davis UNABRIDGED
"Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in Nyala-- Amira's one true dream. But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey-- on foot-- to safety at a refugee camp. Her days are tough at the camp, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind-- and all kinds of possibilities."--
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* As Amira's twelfth birthday approaches, she finds herself distracted from her daily responsibilities on the family farm: doing chores; looking after her little sister, Leila, who was born with special needs; and caring for her little lamb, Nali. She dreams of school, but that is not the traditional way for girls in Sudan. Life is hard, with scarce food, distant water, and the looming obligation of marriage and motherhood. Still, she scratches out her thoughts and dreams in the dirt with a precious twig, wishing. Then the Janjaweed arrive and decimate the village in an attack that kills her father and Nali. After the remaining family members and their friend Old Anwar relocate to a refugee camp, Amira's spirit is sorely tested, but the gift of a pad and a red pencil restores her sense of agency and offers the promise of learning. Pinkney's short, clipped verse expresses the harsh difficulties and intimate beauties of daily life dust storms, orange soda, family devotion in broken lines that capture Amira's breathless anxiety and hope. And if the evocative poetry is the novel's beating heart, Evans' spare, open, graceful line drawings are its breath, recalling Amira's own linear musings, drawn on the ground or in her own tablet. Ultimately, this is an inspirational story of the harrowing adversity countless children face, the resilience with which they meet it, and the inestimable power of imagination and learning to carry them through.--Barthelmess, Thom Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Starred Review. Told in free verse and set in the South Darfur region of Sudan in 2003 and 2004, this potent novel from Pinkney (Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America) is built around the distinctive voice and drawings of 12-year-old narrator Amira. The first half of the novel examines Amira's life in her rural village, where she helps out with farm chores, wishes she could attend school, and has a close relationship with her father, Dando, who sees what is possible in me. After Janjaweed militants invade, inflicting great loss, Amira flees to a refugee camp, where she expresses her creativity through art, after a teacher gives her the pencil of the title. Evans's (We March) loosely drawn and deeply affecting line illustrations heighten Amira's emotional reality; in one image, accompanying the poem Shock, a simple figure surrounded by a violently scribbled border demonstrates Amira's despair: My whole heart./ A sudden break./ My Bright,/ turned black. Pinkney faces war's horrors head on, yet also conveys a sense of hope and promise. Ages 9--up. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Refugees -- Juvenile fiction.
Black people -- Sudan -- Juvenile fiction.
Novels in verse.
Refugees -- Fiction.
Blacks -- Sudan -- Fiction.
Sudan -- Juvenile fiction.
Sudan -- Fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Playaway (Preloaded audio player)
Publisher [Solon, Ohio] :[Playaway],2014
Findaway World, LLC
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Playaway Digital Audio, publisher.
Findaway World, LLC, publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by the author.
Language English
Notes Title from Playaway label.
Release date supplied by publisher.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for playback.
Accompanying material may vary.
System Details Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player.
Description 1 audio media player (approximately 3 hr.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 1/4 x 2 in.
ISBN 9781478903055
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