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Crossing the Farak River

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For Hasina and her younger brother Araf, the constant threat of Sit Tat, the Myanmar Army, is a way of life in Rakhine province—just uttering the name is enough to send chills down their spines. As Rohingyas, they know that when they hear the wop wop wop of their helicopters there is one thing to do—run, and don’t stop. So when soldiers invade their village one night, and ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 14th 2020 by Annick Press
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Emily
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, new-releases
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Hasina and her little brother Araf live in constant fear of the Myanmar army, or Sit Tat. As Rohingyas, they are in danger in their own home. When the army attacks in the night, Hasina, along with her brother and cousin run into the forest to hide. But when they return, everyone has gone. Hasina is left to take care of her family and learn what happened to her parents and aunt.

I love discovering books tha
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Edward Sullivan
A fast-paced, compelling, and timely story about the brutal persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority by the Myanmar Army in the Rakhine province told through the perspective of fourteen-year-old Hasina who must seek refuge with her family when her village is destroyed by soldiers.

Michelle Kidwell
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Crossing the Farak River
by Michelle Aung Thin


Annick Press Ltd.

Annick Press

Children's Fiction


Pub Date 07 Apr 2020

I am reviewing a copy of Crossing the Farak River through Annick Press and Netgalley:



For Hasina and her little brother Araf, the constant threat of the Sit Tat, the Myanmar Army, it had in fact become a way of life in the Rakhine province. Just the mention of the Sit Tat sends chills down their spines. They know that the only thing to do when the sound of the helicopters, they run and
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Daisey
I enjoyed this middle grade story about a young girl and her family that face severe persecution in Myanmar as a member of Rohingya cultural group. I appreciated the close relationship between the family members and the other friendships they built in order to survive their situation.

*I received a free electronic copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.
Laura Gardner
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ALL THE STARS for this incredible book about the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar from the perspective of a young teenage girl. Thanks to @annick_press for the free review copy to share with @kidlitexchange. This comes out 4/14/20....
"You are Rohingya. You are a target."...

I read this YA novel in one sitting, unable to stop. Author Michelle Aung Thin has written a thriller that draws attention to the Rohingya humanitarian crisis, as well as related problems of military rule, child trafficking, etc. Ha
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Rachel Knuttel
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

This book is an excellent combination of entertaining and educational. It’s not like it’s intended to be super educational, but that just comes from being centered around a topic I didn’t know too much about! Hasina is a Muslim girl living in Myanmar. She and her family are very happy in their village until tensions start to grown and the Rohingya Muslims become targets, forced by the government to eva
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Kate Waggoner
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
@Kidlitexchange

Thank you to @annick_press for sharing an ARC of Crossing the Farak River by #MichelleAungThin with the #KidLitExchange Network. This book was released in April 2020. All opinions are my own.

Hasina lives with her little brother, cousin (Ghadiya), aunt, grandmother, and parents in the Rakhine province. Their family are Rohingya and Muslim. Because of this they live in fear of the constant threat of the Sit Tat, the Myanmar Army. One day the helicopters come. Then, one night, their
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Abbie
Apr 15, 2020 added it
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy own.

Reading about experiences is more impactful on my learning than any other medium. Storytelling is powerful; teaching kids through sharing stories is the reason why I am a librarian.

That’s why this book is so important. Crossing the Farak River is an #ownvoices title, reads like a thriller, and touches on topics like human trafficking, violence, and death, all through the perspective of middle-grade protagonist Hasina.

TBH, I didn’t kn
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Betsy Strauss
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been fascinated with Myanmar recently. I love books like Crossing the Farak River that take you into life in a foreign country. Unfortunately for Hasina and her younger brother Araf, the instability of their country will change their way of life forever.

As Rohingyas, Muslim people inhabiting western Myanmar, their families are seen as terrorist and no longer welcome in the land in which they've lived for generations. When soldiers invade their village one night, the family is separated. Th
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Carmen
I received a gifted copy of Crossing the Farak River by Michelle Aung Thin from Annick Press in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from the book: Like all Rohingyas in Rakhine province, Hasina lives in constant threat of SIt Tat, the Myanmar Army. The wop wop wop of their helicopters means one thing only - run, and don’t stop. So when soldiers invade her village one night, she races deep into the forest to hide with her brother, Araf, and her cousin Guadiana. When they return days later to f
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Keshia Mayrhofer
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
@kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network, publisher @annick_press, and author #michelleaungthin for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own! Crossing the Farak River tells the story of Hasina, a Rohingya Muslim living in Myanmar. Although the rights of the Rohingya have been slowly taken away, Hasina mostly enjoys her life with her family. Until the day they see helicopters fly overhead. This is the beginning of her town being cleared of Rohingya people. When ...more
Caroline
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, own-voices, 2020
Hasina lives in Rakhine State in Myanmar with her younger brother Araf, her cousin, aunt, grandmother, father and mother. She loves studying math, playing soccer, and walking to the bazaar to visit her father at work. But rising tensions in her hometown come to a head one night when military troops come in the night to drive Muslim Rohingya people from their homes. Hasina, Araf, and their cousin go running to hide in the woods - becoming separated from their parents and struggling to survive in ...more
Libby
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This story of 14-year-old Hasina allows the reader to step into the reality behind the headlines about the plight of the Rohingya people. I think it is because of that news element and because it's trying to describe a setting and culture that is foreign to many English speaking readers that the book often feels like it's explaining rather than just telling a story. Although there is action from the very first page, it took me about half of the book to really connect with Hasina. Recommended for ...more
Joy Clark
If you want to know more about the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar, or even if you don't, you should read this book. It's classified as a middle grade novel, but it's written much better than most, in my opinion. I often get annoyed with middle grade books because the author appears to simplify the language to an almost condescending degree. I didn't feel that way here, and the story is one of the few I've seen regarding this particular subject. ...more
The Marvelous Ms. Kaia
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy the book because it taught me about a new issue that I had no idea about. It’s sad what the issue is, but if more people know about it they can try to help fix it. The only things I didn’t like was that I wasn’t sure when the book took place, and which person it was in. The type of person I did know, but it was quite odd to read as the author wrote it as if it was happening as we read it, but when this style was combined with the choice of person, it made it seem like a script. 12+
Marcie
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Aung Thin's Crossing the Farak River is a gripping story about the current Rohingya crisis. Hasina's narrative furnishes the humanness that news story statistics lack, and the addition of a map, time line, and glossary allows the reader to better grasp the complexities of the multicultural conflict. ...more
Aaryn
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This middle grade novel is tough to read but is so good. It focuses on a young Rohingya girl in Myanmar and her struggle to keep her brother and cousin safe when their village is attacked. Timely and powerful, recommended for ages 10 and up.
Yoyo
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: g8_sem1
This book is a realistic fiction on living with the constant fear of the Myanmar army, or so-called Sit Tat. It incorporates real events into a half fictional scene with dialogue and word choice of fear which makes it the book really relatable to anyone around their age. Although I really liked the story and I think it should be heard by everyone, it was a confusing story to me. The overall pace was quite slow for a book that contains a lot of action but it contained many plot twists that I like ...more
Kkharvey
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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Alina Karapandzich
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
The ending felt a little abrupt and I wish she had wrote a few more chapters but this is definitely a must-read for everyone for information on the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Ms. Yingling
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Netgalley.

Interesting place in the world, and a timely description of children in turmoil.
McKenzie
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have to admit my own ignorance towards the history of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. I didn't know much about its history before this book, but I feel like I am a little more familiar after reading Crossing the Farak River. This book is geared towards middle grade, but I think that anyone who is interested in learning more about the Rohingyas could benefit from reading it. I'm not much of a middle grade fan myself, but I didn't have too much of a problem with the age of the characters or thei ...more
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