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That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone: An Anthology of Essays from Around the Globe

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What's it like to grow up during war? To be a victim of violence or exiled from your homeland, culture, family, and even your own memories?

When America's talking heads talk about war, children and teenagers are often the forgotten part of the story. Yet who can forget images of the Vietnam "baby lift," when Amer-Asian children were flown out of Vietnam to be adopted by Ame
Paperback, 230 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Cinco Puntos Press (first published June 12th 2012)
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Seventeen different authors offer their reactions to war and coming of age during a time of conflict. The short stories reach across the globe in describing experiences during conflicts in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Thailand, South Africa, Cambodia, and Mexico. Some stories seem to be as fresh as yesterday's newspaper stories while others, such as "Holland 1944-1945" provide a perspective provided through the lens of many years gone by. There are losses described here as well as childhoods cut short ...more
Edward Sullivan
Sep 23, 2012 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
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An extraordinary collection of deeply personal, unflinchingly honest accounts of coming of age in the midst of war, revealing the emotional, physical, and psychological scars of "that mad game." Great book for discussion, high school and older.
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This isn't the sort of book that one reads for pleasure, nor is it the sort of book one could necessarily say they enjoyed reading. That Mad Game is a collection of essays from those who grew up during wars, or within warzones. The stories related are the lives of those born in internment camps, growing up with father's who suffer PTSD, and those refugees who attempted to escape the throes of a city in revolution. Also told are those whos
Kate  K. F.
Aug 18, 2013 Kate K. F. rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that I want to press into people's hands especially journalists and say, please, I want to hear more stories like this. The seventeen authors tell of growing up in warzones from Kabul not long after the Taliban came into power to Denmark during the Nazi Occupation. Each story is beautifully written and left me shaken in the way that reading someone else's truth hits you. None of them essays are easy to read but each of them is important.

I think this is a book that wou
Niko Gregg
This is easily one of the best books I have ever read or ever will read. It tells first person accounts of 17 different people who were involved in a warzone in the past century. It is told from people all over the world during many different time periods and during many different wars. It opened my eyes to how privileged I am to live in America and how children in different countries need to go through so much more than I will ever have to in order to survive. This book can be shown to students ...more
Apr 09, 2013 Ashlie rated it really liked it
I started reading this book for a Notable Book for a Global Society project and couldn’t put the book down. It is composed of 17 essays from children and teenagers who have grown up in and around wars. In history books we learn about war through the eyes of the victor. I never took in to account that there were kids just like myself hat had to deal with soldiers invading their homes and the possibility of loosing family. This book opens the eyes of its readers and makes you feel for the children ...more
Oct 28, 2012 Jeanne rated it liked it
This is not the type of book most people will read for fun, but it has excellent first person accounts of children who have encountered war or genocide around the world. I'll admit I read those conflicts that I have not read much about and skipped the ones that I have read extensively about previously. This would be excellent supplemental material for history classes or companions for historical novels. Some explicit language makes this more suited for a high school than a middle school collecti ...more
Kelly Tannhauser
This book gives insight on children's lives during war time in different parts of the world. It is composed of seventeen different stories from around the world from authors who have experienced war and the troubles that children meet from it. This book exemplifies love, forgiveness, loss, fear, heartbreak and anger. This can be a very relatable book because of all of its emotions that is holds and all humans experience these emotions even if it isnt exactly how the people in the book experience ...more
Cooper Renner
Oct 15, 2012 Cooper Renner rated it really liked it
Impressive, horrifying, hopeful, distressing: what it's like to be a child or teenage growing up in the violence of civil war, revolution, ethnic division, etc.
Sep 19, 2012 Jason rated it it was ok
The shock factor is definitly here. Very hard read.
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The daughter of a geologist and a journalist, J.L. Powers spent much of her childhood camping and searching for fossils in the American West, and considers herself a true “desert rat.” She grew up on the U.S.-Mexico Border in El Paso, Texas.

She’s taught African history and freshman composition, research and argument, creative writing, and literature at the University of Texas at El Paso, Stanford
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“WHEN I WAS nine years old, the water stopped running in my house and the electricity was cut off. The silent nights became very loud with sounds of guns and rifles.” 0 likes
“But the day that the war really entered my life was when my father was taken away from me. That day my world turned upside down.” 0 likes
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