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
On the opposite side of the war, a karrani boy named Tu Reh join the army to get revenge on the Burmese for burning his v ...more
Bamboo People takes place in Burma, in the jungles, in today's time. Chiko is Burmese, and Tu Reh is Karenni. Their pe ...more
In Bamboo People, Mitali Perkins tells the story from the point of view of two Burmese boys, Chiko, 15 years old, and Tu Reh, 16 years old. The first half of the book, told in Chiko’s first person perspective, follows Chiko as he is answering a want ad and going for an interview to become a teacher. However, he is tricked, captured, and recruited into the Burmese Army to defend against the Karenni tribe. The Karenni tribe is a group of freedom loving rebels who are fighting against the oppressi ...more
I liked all the characters, both the main ones and the supporting ones, very much, and I felt the emotional growth of both boys was believable an ...more
Chiko is an intelligent, kind boy whose father, a doctor, has been imprisoned for resisting the government. Tai who befriends Chik ...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
Genre: Historical Fiction
REMEMBER: Who were the main characters?
- The two main characters were Chiko and Tu Reh.
UNDERSTAND: Describe what happened in the story up until the perspective of Tu Reh’s starts.
- It begins by Chiko getting scolded by his mother for reading a book outside. Chiko has been in his house, not leaving, since his father was taken by the Burmese military. Him and his mother are losing money everyday and Chiko wants to help out. ...more
Imagine living in a world where civil war is going on how does that make you feel if you have a heart you would feel sad and very unhappy. In this realistic fiction book two boys create a best-friend relationship and how learn to work together. In the book Chiko's dad is arrested for having a for providing medical treatment to the enemy. Later Chiko is arrested and is forced to serve as a soldier for the same government that put his father in prison. Later on Chiko meets Tu Re ...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
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Remembering - What had happened to Chiko's father before the start of the book?
Understanding - Why do you think this book is called "Bamboo People?"
Applying - What would you have done in Tu Reh's place when he found the injured Chiko?
Analyzing - How do the Karenni fighters differ from the Burmese soldiers? How are they alike?
Evaluating - Who is the strongest character in this book and why do you think that? Chiko? Tu Reh? Tai? Sa Reh? Nya M ...more
It is about Chiko, he lives with his mother in a house and he is not allowed to go outside because the soldiers will take him and make him a part of the army. His dad is in prison for not wanting to be a solider, and Chiko is really worried.
The other perspective is from a boy that is on the other country, helping his d ...more
As this book was written for young adults, more advanced readers may find parts of the book ...more
cultures and perspectives, Bamboo People introduces its readers to the present-day conflict that is occurring in Manymar, which was once Burma. Raising interesting points, Perkins shows different aspects to Chiko and Tu Reh. From questioning that being book smart is not always worldly, while having compassion can make you a stronger person, whether you like it or not. Even Tu Reh’s and Chiko’s relationshi ...more