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Preview — Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
Bang! A side door bursts open. Soldiers pour into the room. They're shouting and waving rifles. I shield my head with my arms. It was a lie! I think, my mind racing.
Girls and boys alike are screaming. The soldiers prod and herd some of us together and push the rest apart as if we're cows or goats. Their leader is a middle—aged man. He's moving slowly, intently, not dashing...more
On the opposite side of the war, a karrani boy named Tu Reh join the army to get revenge on the Burmese for burning his v ...more
I'm sure it glosses over lots of unpleasantness but it is an interesting glimpse into a period of which I was oblivious. ...more
Bamboo People takes place in Burma, in the jungles, in today's time. Chiko is Burmese, and Tu Reh is Karenni. Their pe ...more
Chiko is an intelligent, kind boy whose father, a doctor, has been imprisoned for resisting the government. Tai who befriends Chik ...more
In Bamboo People, Mitali Perkins tells the story from the point of view of two Burmese boys, Chiko, 15 years old, and Tu Reh, 16 years old. The first half of the book, told in Chiko’s first person perspective, follows Chiko as he is answering a want ad and going for an interview to become a teacher. However, he is tricked, captured, and recruited into the Burmese Army to defend against the Karenni tribe. The Karenni tribe is a group of freedom loving rebels who are fighting against the oppress ...more
This book was good in terms of it shedding light on Burmese issues, the effects of war, child soldiers, ethnic divisions, etc. With those issues being presented I expected to feel more, but due to the writing style and narration I felt disconnected with the characters. It felt like Perkins was doing more telling than showing. There were some areas that were glazed over and implied, but overall it was a lot of telling. I'm not sure what age group this book is intended for, but it certa ...more
I liked all the characters, both the main ones and the supporting ones, very much, and I felt the emotional growth of both boys was believable an ...more
(Spoiler Alert) Imagine being kidnapped and taken away from your family by your own country to become a soldier at the age of 15. It would be scary, traumatic, and life changing. Well that is exactly what happens in Bamboo People.
Chiko is a skinny, poor kid from Burma Myanmar Southeast Asia who wasn’t able to go to school, but was fortunate enough to learn to read and write from his educated father who loved him very much. Sadly, the day the soldiers came and took Chik ...more
Plot: Bamboo people is a war themed book that takes two young teenage boys from the country of Burma. As you get into the book it wi ...more
Imagine living in a world where civil war is going on how does that make you feel if you have a heart you would feel sad and very unhappy. In this realistic fiction book two boys create a best-friend relationship and how learn to work together. In the book Chiko's dad is arrested for having a for providing medical treatment to the enemy. Later Chiko is arrested and is forced to serve as a soldier for the same government that put his father in prison. Later on Chiko meets Tu Re ...more
Genre: Historical Fiction
REMEMBER: Who were the main characters?
- The two main characters were Chiko and Tu Reh.
UNDERSTAND: Describe what happened in the story up until the perspective of Tu Reh’s starts.
- It begins by Chiko getting scolded by his mother for reading a book outside. Chiko has been in his house, not leaving, since his father was taken by the Burmese military. Him and his mother are losing money everyday and Chiko wants to help out. ...more