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War Brothers: The Graphic Novel

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  585 ratings  ·  143 reviews
This is the graphic novel edition of Sharon McKay's novel set in Uganda, where Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has, since 1987, abducted up to 30,000 children from their villages and homes for use as soldiers and slaves. It is in these nightmarish times that the fates of 5 boys and a girl are entwined. Captured from their school by the LRA, the boys wait for res ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 7th 2013 by Annick Press (first published January 8th 2013)
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Nicola Mansfield
Wow. Intense. Brutal. Moving. I have not read the YA novel this graphic has been adapted from, in fact, I'd never heard of it before not exactly being my type of YA reading. However, I do enjoy this type of material presented in the graphic format and this book caught my attention right away. The art is phenomenal and I was drawn into the story right away with the exceptional illustrations of the jungle and Ugandan life. It is really difficult to use a word like "enjoy" was describing how one fe ...more
I want to call this book nonfiction, but the author and illustrator are very clear -- it's a novel. A novel that tells the truth, sometimes better than nonfiction can. Uganda, along with other emerging nations, regularly abducts children to fight their wars. Both sides. Children. Kids who should be in math class, playing soccer. McKay has gone to Uganda. She's visited, interviewed, watched, observed. She created this 'composite' story of the children of Uganda.

Jacob and his friends understand ve
Beautiful illustrations. Heart-rending story.
Lakis Fourouklas
This graphic novel is one of those special books that act like a punch-in-the-stomach when it comes to the story that they have to say. And the story at hand is one of war and hatred, ignorance and blind belief, hurt and retribution. There’s so much agony, and so much pain contained in these pages, that can make a tender or simply human soul feel sick.

The subject matter of War Brothers is bleak, as it tackles one of the most important issues of our so-called modern era: child soldiers. As we rea
Rob Slaven
By now you know the spiel; I received this book through a GoodReads giveaway. Even though it was free I’m not above giving a crushing review to a free book. As further preamble, I don’t seek out to read graphic novels but I will look at anything put in front of me, so here we go.

As I said in the intro, I’m not a comic books sort of reader in general so right off that puts me at a bit of a disadvantage. I don’t have a whole lot to compare this to. In simple terms it was about a 45 minute read eve
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is one of the few graphic novels I've read in which the text and illustrations combine just right to tell the story. Too often the text doesn't reveal enough, and/or the illustrations are hard to decipher or are ambiguous. War Brothers was just right. It's not a read for the faint-hearted, however. It's a horrifying look at what it's like for child soldiers in Africa, taken against their will. To think that it's happening RIGHT NOW somewhere in the world! I like the way the illustrator uses ...more
An extremely compelling graphic novelization of Sharon McKay's novel of the same name. Daniel LaFrance has done an amazing job conveying the horror and revulsion experienced by boys captured from their school and forced to fight as soldiers in Uganda by Joseph Kony's LRA. Full colour glossy pages with vibrant illustrations.
Emotionally tough to read but a good resource for teaching about current Ugandan conflicts.
Adapted from the author's novel, "War Brothers," this version shows, through beautiful illustrations and prose, the horrors of civil war and the cost of human bondage on a group, be it a tribe or nation. The violence is appropriate to the topic and is such that readers middle-school age and above will understand in the context with which it is shown. You will cheer for the boys (and the few girls mentioned), rooting for them to escape or at least make the best decision in whatever situation they ...more
Have you ever heard of LRA? Sharon Mckay is the author of this great realistic fiction, based on true stories, graphic novel called War Brothers. She based this book on the interviews she did on the children soldiers that escape from LRA.LRA is a group of rebels that take kids from their parents and make them fight against the government. While fighting against the government soldiers Sharon tell us about how hard it was for the kids and what they went threw just to eat and survive and that the ...more
Tyler Richard
The book War Brothers by Sharone McKay was a very action packed and unique book. It was very different then you’re typical graphic novel it was very violent and interesting. The genre of this book would be action because there’s always action going on and it keeps you interested. I think the purpose of this book is to show people that there are still child soldiers out there and people need to help stop this issue. Sharone McKay is bestselling award-winning author. She haves multiple book includ ...more
Brandon Richard
The book War Brothers by Sharone McKay was a very violent book that was different from the average war novel. One of the ways the author does this is through her characterization. She makes the book very interesting by making the characters seem realistic. The book’s focus was on child soldiers, a topic which is real and also upsetting. The book is based on the main character Jacob who goes to school in Uganda with some friends. His father leaves on a trip to England then Jacob is scared to go t ...more
Have you ever read a book that you thought would be deep and include tons of strong, emotional moments, but sort of just skimmed everything and made it bland? The graphic novel War Brothers, by Sharon E. Mckay, did just that. It had moments that kind of make you question what could happen next. But for the most part, it’s pretty predictable.
The graphic novel is about a boy named Jacob(and friends) who go to school where they get captured by the Lords Resistance Army. The L.R.A then make the st
Have you read War Brothers by Sharon McKay yet? Well if you haven’t you should get on it. I find this book was amazing and in graphic novel form, which I happen to love, was just a perfect touch.
One really great thing that Sharon did is she actually traveled out to Uganda, Africa, where the story takes place, to gather information instead of sit down behind a computer and research, she wanted to experience life there herself.
This book is largely plot driven, it wouldn’t really matter who the
Uganda is where my heart resides and I could no more live without my country than I could live without my heart -Jacob

This is a quote from the book by Sharon E. McKay, she writes a lot of child books but this is by far my favorite one, Sharon has been writing books since before 1990, she has a won a lot of rewards including the Governor Generals award.

Topic- The topic is about rebels breaking into a school and kidnapping the students and making the boys turn into soldiers and turning the girl in
My thoughts on the book war brothers are that it is a very easy read and that u can read the book in 1 hour or less if you are a very strong an fast reader I’m not the strongest reader out there but I read this book in under a hour. I would recommend this book to kids 13 and up because there is a lot of killing and to people that are interested in what is happening in countries like Uganda and Sierra Leone and how they are a war zone or for people that want a good short read. The main characters ...more
War Brothers is a sometimes brutal and surprisingly gripping graphical fiction portrayal of the horror of child soldier warfare in Africa, starring a group of boys and the Lord's Resistance Army (of Kony fame). The language is very simple, being aimed at a younger audience, and some scenes drag or may be too simplistic for adult taste, but much of War Brothers is a page-turner, some of it features impressive character complexity (eg Michael/Lizard) and it succeeds overall in showing just how awf ...more
Wow! This is a brutal, heartbreaking, powerful, moving book -- a graphic novel adaptation of Sharon E. McKay's War Brothers -- with unforgettable imagery by Daniel Lafrance. This is not an easy read. In fact, in the prologue, the character Jacob writes "There is no shame in closing this book now." I respectfully disagree. This is a story that needs to be told, that needs to be heard and read, and that needs to be listened to and studied and learned from. Aside from this fictionalized account of ...more
Adaptable Educator
War Brothers : The Graphic Novel is named after the award winning novel by Sharon E. McKay and has earned a great deal of recognition in it's own right. Rightfully so.

War Brothers : The Graphic Novel follows Jacob Kitino and his friends as they are taken from their school first in hope of ransom and then turned into child soldiers in Uganda. They are beaten, forced to march through the jungle as slaves with no food or water, and forced to kill in exchange for their lives. Eventually, Jacob, Tony
Elle Markov
I will tell you now that story is not for the faint of heart. It is a story of anguish and despair, it is a story of lost innocence, but it is also a story of hope. Though the book is a work of fiction, the story is no less real than ground beneath our feet.

Told from the point of a young boy named Jacob, abducted from his school to fight in Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army, we see him begin to question his faith and wonder why god would permit such atrocities in his name. But, even in the da
Aug 13, 2015 maha rated it 4 of 5 stars
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أمس قرأت
War Brothers
يحكي قصة أحد الأطفال الأفريقيين المختطفين من عصابة
. هناك ثيمات كثيرة وجدتها تلامس واقعا أعرفه..
كيف يتحول طفل الى قاتل؟ القصة عن جماعة كوني الذي كان يختطف الأطفال ليضمهم لجماعته،
أجد كثيرا من التشابه مع جماعة داعش، في مفارقات فهم الأطفال المختطفين للدين والتي يشوبها كثير من البراءة، وفقدانهم للبراءة
مقطع الجد الذي يفتقد حفيده، والذي كان اسوأ من في العصابة
مقطع صديقه الذي كان يحلم بأن يكون قسيسا فاصبح قاتلا، كان مؤثرا.. كيف تموت البراءة بهذا الشكل؟

أولا، الأطفال في المدرسة
Samantha Tai
Jacob and his friends are students at the George Jones Seminary for Boys. On their first night back after school break, the door to their dorm is kicked in and the boys are taken by rebel soldiers who are members of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

Jacob and the others are beaten, starved and forced to become child soldiers. Jacob knows his father is looking for him and refuses to give up hope. When they receive bad news, he realizes no one is coming for them. The boys must band together if they
Julia Roketenetz
In my high school Project Uganda was a huge deal, so I decided to read this novel because of that. It was a great book. Telling the story through the medium of a graphic novel made perfect sense. The images helped foreshadow what was going to happen as well as the images help solidify the serious issues that were happening to these young children. I think that this book is great to help introduce world problems to our students. The LRA is still active and they are still abducting kids. Most kids ...more
Laura (booksnob)
War Brothers. The Graphic Novel by Sharon E. McKay
Artwork by Daniel Lafrance

War Brothers is based on true events about Kony and the LRA (Lords Resistance Army) and the kidnapping of children to conscript into their army of child soldiers. Told from the perspective of a child named Jacob, who lives in Uganda and who was kidnapped from school with his classmates.

War Brothers takes you through Jacob's harrowing journey into the forest and into the indoctrination of a child soldier. He watches his b
This graphic novel is a fictionalized account of the experiences of many young boys captured by Kony's LRA. I thought the almost water color quality of the artwork made juxtaposed with the brutality of the story was really beautiful. The soft hues and edges of the drawings highlighted the children in this dark story and made the violence they experienced somehow more gruesome.

Sparse dialogue and narration make this an extremely fast read, but the gravity of what is happening in Uganda and other
While this graphic novel reads like a memoir, it is based off interviews that the author completed for her book by the same title.

The child solider problem is real and Americans need to realize what's going on. So for that, I'm glad I read this book. It's graphic, but tweens and teens need to understand how child soldiers happen and that there are grey lines between and good and bad in the world. We all have a breaking point.

I could help but think of the Alex Award winning title A Long Way Gon
Apr 14, 2014 Kimi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, comics
This was pretty graphic and really good for bringing up feelings of first world white guilt, especially if you lived through the Kony 2012 fiasco. The LRA does need to be brought to people's attention, though, so I appreciate the book for what it is. I only just found out that this comic was adapted from a YA novel. I feel like I would have enjoyed that better because we could have gotten more detail.

I also sort of feel like the author could have included some resources and actual ways to help c
Donna Siebold
A really heartbreaking story of the abduction of children in Uganda and their being forced into the life of "soldiers". Soldiers who only eat if they kill - the spirits of the boys are quickly shattered as they adjust to the inhuman demands of their kidnappers. This is the story of Jacob and a few of his friends who were stolen from their school in the dark of night and forced to live in the jungle with the followers of Kony. Eventually the boys escape and find their way back to the lives they l ...more
Jenni Frencham
McKay, Sharon. War Brothers: The Graphic Novel. Annick Press, 2013.

This book tells the story of child soldiers in Uganda who were forced to join the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The problem of child soldiers and their recovery is an issue in many African countries, and this book tells the story in a sensitive and appropriate manner.

I can see why this book won an award this year. The art is appropriate for the story, and the book depicts the horrors of child soldiers without being overly graphic
This is a barely fictionalized account of one boy's experience being "recruited" into Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda in the early 2000s. "Recruited," in this case, means kidnapped, starved, beaten, and broken, then taught to hate oneself as an irredeemable monster by being forced to kill innocent people to survive--when, for example, after first being taken and forced to march for days with no food, one of the boys is too weak to continue, three of his friends are told to b ...more
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Sharon E. McKay was born in 1954 in Montreal, Quebec, and earned a B.A. from York University in 1978. She lives in Prince Edward Island.

* Our Canadian Girl: Penelope
* Charlie Wilcox

Arthur Ellis Award
Best Juvenile (2009): War Brothers - Winner

Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award: Fiction
2002 – Charlie Wilcox – Winner
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