Bang! A side door bursts open. Soldiers pour into the room. They're shouting and waving rifles. I shield my head with my arms. It was a lie! I think, my mind racing.
Girls and boys alike are screaming. The soldiers prod and herd some of us together and push the rest apart as if we're cows or goats. Their leader is a middle—aged man. He's moving slowly, intently, not dashing...more
As this book was written for young adults, more advanced readers may find parts of the book...more
Tu Reh has been waiting a long time to kill Burmese soldiers who massacred his people. When his travel in the bamboo forests of Burma places Chiko in his path, Tu Reh finally has his opportunity.
Providing readers with an age appropriate look at what it means to be a soldier is one of the notable features of this finely paced adventure story. It also manages to convey quite a...more
Bamboo People is a book about a Burmese boy and a Karenni boy who unexpectedly become friends. The story is a good example of how no matter what the circumstances are and what other people tell you to do deep down You always know what is right.
One thing I didn’t like about this book was that I didn’t feel like everything was explained at the end Chiko finds out that his father is coming back I feel like it would be better to read about when his father came back and the...more
Chiko is an intelligent, kind boy whose father, a doctor, has been imprisoned for resisting the government. Tai who befriends Chik...more
CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 2011)
Chiko wants to be a teacher but lives in fear of conscription by the Myanmar government if he leaves his home. But with little money for food since his father, a doctor, was arrested for treating political resisters, Chiko risks applying for a government teaching job. That’s when he’s rounded up with a group of young men at the application center and forced into the army. Chiko survives the physical demands of military training with...more
The pro-democracy leader is Burmese in a country where the rulers prefer the name "Myanmar", a name that the United States and few other c...more
Bamboo People takes place in modern-day Burma where there is political upheaval between different cultures and ethnic minorities. Part one is narrated by Chiko, a Burmese boy, who aspires to be a teacher to make a difference in the world. With his father in prison for resisting the government, Chiko answers a call in a newspaper to help his family. Unfortunately he discovers he has been tricked along with other applicants to be a boy sol...more
Chiko is a young teen, eager to use his education and support his mother, bereft of her husband. Chiko's father, a doctor, was arrested for helping the politically made scapegoats of ethnic nations living with in Burma - most likely the Karenni....more
Verdict: This look into the life of child soldiers in Burma (aka Myanmar) without all the gritty, traumatizing realities of war makes this book appropriate for younger readers (age 10 and up). As it is fiction, the book is more an allegory about keeping one’s humanity in an inhumane situation than it is an accurate portrayal of child soldiers. It’s a simple yet rewarding story. Recommended.
Perfect for: Younger YA readers or readers curious about the life of child soldiers, or about other culture...more
I though "Bamboo People" was very good. This book has two different kids living in Burma. Chiko is a boy who's father is in jail for going against the Burmese Army. Chiko ends up being taken and put into the Burmese Army of child soldiers. It talks about the struggles he faces inside the army's camp. The second side of the story is about Tu Reh. Tu Reh is a boy who's village was burned down by the Burmese Army when he was little. Now he is out to fight the army and stopping them from continuing...more
"Bamboo People" piqued my curiosity when I saw it, mainly because no one seems to know exactly what is going on in these students' native country. No matt...more
While I appreciate that this is a book that will help raise the consciousness of readers, it just wasn't my cup of tea. There was a lot of talking and not as much action as I exp...more