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War Brothers: The Graphic Novel

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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
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Annick Press (first published January 8th 2013)
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Saleh MoonWalker
یک نوول گرافیکی عالی در رابطه با شرایط زندگی واقعی پسران جوان در شهر گولو در اوگاندا.
زندگی در شرایط جنگ، تصمیماتی که باید گرفته بشه، خشونت بیش از اندازه ی این دنیا و بی رحمی مردم، به طرز خیلی خوبی به تصویر کشیده شده. نثر مناسب نوول گرافیکی هم داره. سرعت پیشرویش مناسبه و طراحی ها و رنگ آمیزیش در این زمینه بی نظیره.
Halley Hopson
Jul 18, 2016 Halley Hopson rated it it was amazing
Read for booktubeathon 2016 for the challenge of read a book only after sunset:

I don't think a graphic novel has ever made me cry before but this one definitely hit pretty hard. Going into it, I didn't realize it was about Kony's army. I remember when the Internet first started to find about Kony way back in the early 2000s and how shocked the world was at what he was doing and what he had already done in the country of Uganda, calling themselves the "Lord's Resistance Army", brainwashing the y
Nicola Mansfield
May 20, 2013 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 05, 2015 Claudia rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 25, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
Beautiful illustrations. Heart-rending story.
Apr 25, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-stories, graphic
I like how he relived his stress through writing his story.
Lakis Fourouklas
Feb 05, 2013 Lakis Fourouklas rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 06, 2013 Rob Slaven rated it really liked it
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
May 11, 2015 Sam rated it it was ok
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
Based on a previously-published novel, which was based on the real-life experiences of boys from Gulu, Uganda, this graphic novel tells the story of the boy soldiers conscripted into Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army. Jacob and his friends are excited to begin school at George Jones Seminary for Boys, but the new term has barely begun when they and several classmates are kidnapped, tortured, and forced to participate in atrocities. Jacob loves math, and has led a sheltered life. Although viol ...more
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
May 06, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it
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
Mar 08, 2016 Starr rated it it was amazing
A copy of this title was given to me, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
This was heartbreaking but also filled with hope. It was interesting to see this situation through a victim, a young boy forced to become a child soldier. It brought to life a story that many have heard about but are still disconnected to.
Jul 09, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
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.
May 27, 2016 Eric rated it liked it
This left me wishing it was longer. There wasn't enough on what these kids went through. It felt more like a preview to the book by the same author.

Edward Sullivan
An intense, powerful story about children abducted into Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.
Apr 01, 2015 Caitlyn rated it really liked it
Emotionally tough to read but a good resource for teaching about current Ugandan conflicts.
Jun 28, 2017 Travis rated it really liked it
I'm sure you've heard of Kony, one of Africa's most delusional tyrants. He's responsible for the abduction of thousands of children, using them as sex slaves and soldiers to fight in his bullshit "army" (Lord's Resistance Army).

War Brothers is about a small group of boys who have been abducted by Kony's army. While the events are not 100% accurate, this graphic novel uses many instances of real life occurrences. In fact, one the people who helped with this project was once abducted by Kony's ar
Jun 11, 2017 Lesley rated it really liked it
Fascinating look at the LRA rebels in Uganda and those affected by their destruction. An important novel for readers!
Apr 16, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
War Brothers is the kind of graphic novel that makes me want to go out and grab the original. I need to know if that book rips at the emotions the way this one did. The book takes us into history and politics and everyday life in Uganda, Africa. In so doing, it shows that life, and human nature, are the same all around the world. Especially the bonds of freindship.

Jacob just wants to be a kid. He excels in mathematics (he and his friends can do calculations in his head that I have trouble with
Connor Strycharz
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May 14, 2014 Venus rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Children's Atheneum

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 rescue only to discover that if they are to survive they must rely on themselves.
Amanda Wall
Jul 27, 2013 Amanda Wall rated it liked it
Shelves: libs-678
Pairing: Son of a Gun will be paired with the graphic novel War Brothers by Share E. McKay and illustrated with Daniel LaFrance. This moving graphic novel tells the story of fourteen year-old Jacob and his schoolmates when they are kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and forced to become child soldiers. Although the story is fiction, it is based on interviews with real child soldiers in Uganda.

Book Citation
McKay, Sharon E. War Brothers: The Graphic Novel.Toronto: Annick Press, 201
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Krys (Black & Write Reviews)
As an adult this was a quick read, but the message was effective. Following the story of a group of fictitious boys snatched up by rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), child soldiers fighting for Kony under the right of God.

You may have heard of Kony. In 2012 there was a large amount of known activism to stop Kony from the worst form of child abuse known. Using children as cannon fodder in a battle that many may not be able to comprehend.

In this story, although quite apparent, is about a
Laura (booksnob)
Jul 21, 2014 Laura (booksnob) rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 31, 2013 Hilary rated it really liked it
Jacob is a fourteen year old boy who lives in Uganda. He is sent away to a boy’s school that will be safe for him in a time when young boys are being abducted and forced to fight in a gruesome civil war. Despite the assurance that they are safe, the rebel army breaks into the school in the middle of the night and captures the boys. As they march in the jungle their life becomes a matter of kill or be killed, and it is all they can do to survive each and every day. After a while some of the boys ...more
John Oliveri
Nov 20, 2013 John Oliveri rated it really liked it
When I picked up this book I was already interested because of the fact that i love all war related material and books. Although this book took a different turn and showed more emotion, sadness and the lasting effect of war and its consequences, this book showed me that war is not all about the action and killing - it has to do with the people involved and how they are affected with the events they had experienced.

I personally liked the start of this book and how they brought in a action part
Jun 26, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
I found this book extremely powerful. I have not read the original book, but have recently read A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah about a young man similarly forced into being a soldier in a rebel army, though in Sierra Leone. War Brothers tells the story of Jacob, a young boy in Uganda who goes away to a boy's school where he and his friends are excited to learn, especially about math. The first night there, soldiers from the Lord's Resistance Army take over the facility ...more
Tyler Richard
May 13, 2015 Tyler Richard rated it it was amazing
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 inclu ...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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