Sep 02, 11
Read in April, 2011 — I own a copy
The freshman team at my school choose this 2010 book as the summer assignment for the incoming class. We like the themes of the book: child soldiers, landmines, and coming of age in a developing country with a military dictatorship in power. During the first week of school, we will be connecting our lessons to the book, as well as following up on assignments the students will be completing over the summer.
As this book was written for young adults, more advanced readers may find parts of the book tedious, but the plot is engaging. The supplemental readings at the end will spark curiousity about world events in Burma (a.k.a. Myanmar).