DIVerse Families
 
The Red Pencil

Title

The Red Pencil

Illustrator

Shane Evans

Publisher

Little Brown and Company

Pages

368 pages

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780316247801

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Homelessness; refugee

Annotation

After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Family Formation

mother and father

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

Sudanese

Awards

20 Years of Dia, 2016; Amelia Bloomer List, 2015; Best Children's Books of the Year, 2015; Best of the Best Books, 2014; Booklist Top 10 Multicultural Fiction for Youth, 2015; Choices, 2015; Lasting Connections, 2014; New York Times Notable Children's Books, 2014; Notable Books for a Global Society, 2015; Notable Children's Books, 2015; Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2015; Garden State Teen Book Award, 2017; Nominee; Georgia Children's Book Award, 2016-2017; Nominee; Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 2017-2018; Nominee; Rhode Island Children's Book Award, 2016; Nominee

Keywords

refugee camp; school; red pencil

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel in verse

The Red Pencil

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