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Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
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May 02, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: coming-of-age, family-emphasis, fiction, lis-722, male-protagonist, novel, relationships, ya-lit, war
Read in February, 2012

Set in Burma, the first half of the story follows Chiko, a Burmese boy who gets drafted into the army against his will. He does not want to fight, but now finds himself training to kill people. After months at a camp run by brutal soldiers, Chiko is sent out as a land mine detector for a group of soldiers. But his trip leads him to Tu Reh who narrates the second half of the book. Tu Reh is one of the Karenni people, and all he wants to do is fight the Burmese who have destroyed his villages and killed his people. Chiko and Tu Reh stike up an uncommon friendship, however, and the both begin to learn from each other. Bamboo People does a great job of explaining a foreign conflict that will probably be unfamiliar to many YA readers. Mitali Perkins shows both sides of the war while exploring the relationship between two young boys. Recommended for readers ages 13 and up.
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