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The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson
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The Day of the Pelican
by Katherine Paterson
After the Holocaust the world said, “never again will people be slaughtered because they are different.” That's never happened since, right? I wish that was a fact, but it's not. Every decade it's revealed that human beings kill other human beings because of their race, religion, tribal membership, who knows why? We still do this. In fact, thousands of Albanian Muslims fled Kosovo as recently as 1998 (you were alive then!) because Serbian Christians were murdering entire families and destroying their homes simply because they hated their race and religion. This is the story of Meli and her family on the run after her brother is kidnapped, beaten, and left for dead. It's heartbreaking, violent, and based on a true story. The book is sometimes challenging to read because of the names and occasional use of Serbian or Albanian words, but once the reader gets to the part where Mehmet, Meli's brother is kidnapped, it's very difficult to put down. It's a different kind of survival story—there are the elements and there is the environment to survive, yes, but these people are being hunted. I highly recommend that you read this book. If you struggle with it, read it in audio. Audio helps bring the characters to life and makes the foreign words easier to understand.
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