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Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
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A wonderfully written account of child soldiers in Burma. The story starts slowly and soon grabs the reader as Chiko finds himself entrapped in the anti tribal Burmese army. Mitali Perkins deftly conveys the situation in Burma describing a bit of how the military regime wages a brutal war against all dissenters with conscripted child warriors.
This story is told from the point of view of a young Burmese scholar turned soldier and the view point of a Karenni tribal boy.
The hopes and dreams of these boys, their families and friends amid the repressive regime and against the back drop of bamboo groves show us the indomitable spirit of humanity. Coming of age in a war torn land the young scholar must show courage and the warrior must learn compassion to truly find their places as men.
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