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Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War

by Michel Chikwanine

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Child Soldier is a non-fiction novel about children being kidnapped and trained as soldiers. This novel is a true story about Michel Chikwanie and his time as a child soldier of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This book is very horrifying and scared its a book that will make you cry. ( )
  Tiarra16 | Oct 30, 2016 |
Before I go into the review of this book, you have to understand, this is a true account. It is not made up and is currently happening all over the continent of South Africa. It is a graphic children's story but there are things explained that children under the age of ten may not understand. If you wish to share this book with your child, make sue they are of an understanding age. Even then, it will be difficult and they will need you for explanations.

Child Soldier, by Michel Chikwanine and Jessica Dee Humphreys, tells the story of Michel and his life in the Congo. It shows in animation (which is much appreciated) and tells of safe times for children and adults, then of the terrifying times. It tells of conflict, governmental breakdown and the loss of childhood.

One day, Michel and childhood friends and family were playing after school when strange men rode up in military vehicles and guns. They harassed the children then took them far from home. They were drugged, abused and forced to do things that no child should ever do or see. It's a sad story, but it's also one of strength...

*For the full review: http://tinyurl.com/jl2br3x
**Book was provided by Kids Can Press and Shelf Awareness, for an honest review. ( )
  AReneeHunt | Aug 9, 2016 |
In the form of a comic/graphic novel, this book tells the true story of Michel Chikwanie and his plight of being a child soldier during a time of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This book inspires people to keep striving in times of hardships. This book can be used in upper elementary or middle school classrooms to make child aware of the hardships of peers in war torn countries. It can also, hopefully, inspire them to take action and stand up for their rights. ( )
  TiffanyA | Apr 21, 2016 |
CHILD SOLDIER is a non-fiction graphic novel that deals with the physical and emotional aftereffects of being kidnapped and trained as a child soldier in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The story itself is horrifying: when Michel was five years old, he and a bunch of his friends were kidnapped at gunpoint and taken to a rebel training camp, where they were assaulted mercilessly. Luckily, Michel was able to escape a while later and meet up with his family--but the family was still in danger. They moved to a refugee camp and desperately tried to get visas to North America. Michel was granted a visa; one of his sisters was not, and she was never heard from again. When he gets to Canada, Michel is astonished: people here cared more about their cell phones and appearance than the fact that there are children killing and dying another continent away. "So I share my story, as painful as it is for me to tell you and as sad it is for you to hear," he says, determined to not let this reprehensible practice continue quietly. The story and illustrations are well-done and poignant enough to invoke an emotional response but not frighten the middle grade reader. ( )
  amandacb | Apr 12, 2016 |
The easy-to-read text and graphic novel style would be appealing to a younger reader, but the subject matter is difficult and grim. I found it difficult to read because of the horror and violence that was experienced by the five-year-old boy. I wouldn't recommend this for any younger than middle school age because of the violence. The story is necessary and I admire Michel Chikwanine for overcoming his past and becoming an advocate for children around the world.

Curricular connections: there are many: a study of the UN's Rights of the Child; a study of war, refugees, child soldiers. ( )
  linnea_simon | Feb 9, 2016 |
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