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Kids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis

Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending WarKids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War by Deborah Ellis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have so enjoyed Deborah Ellis' fiction titles but this book really resonated with me. The many children who are now living in Kabul have lost so much; many have no parents, poking through garbage dumps for food or any item to sell. But these kids stories told to Deborah Ellis show resilience, hope and a yearning for a better life that does not consist of war, the Taliban, and fear. I highly recommend this for all junior and senior high school social studies classes.

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Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

What a wonderful and sad book dealing with wartime, being students and becoming totally enthralled by your teacher's rendition of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and differences between people such as color, breeding and the horror that happens during war. It was such a visual novel, I loved Matilda, Mr. Watts and the simplicity of how they lived and hated what happened to all of them during this time. A Reading Olympic book for this year and I can't wait to see what the students say as they read and after they read this book.
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