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Children of War by Deborah Ellis
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Oct 26, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: grades-6-and-up, non-fiction, war-stories
Read in April, 2010

Eva, Bashar, Haythem, Widian – and more than a dozen others. If I took a quiz right now, just minutes after finishing this book, I’m not sure I could properly match more than a few of them to their stories. There must be tens of thousands who could share the same horrors, or who died before their story will ever be known.

Each child gets about 4 pages to define his or her life. It’s not much; not enough to make me feel I know any of them. Ellis has provided enough, though, to help me appreciate the devastation of the Iraq War.

These children have the simplest wishes – to play, to go to school, to rejoin their family and friends, or make new friends. And they all deserve at least this much. But they have seen and lived through enough to guard their hopes, and treasure whatever little they have.

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