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Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War

Title

Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War

Illustrator

Claudia Dávila

Publisher

Kids Can Press

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9781771381260

Pages

47 pages

Genre

historical

Format

graphic short story

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

Michel Chikwanine was only five-years-old when he was abducted from outside his school by rebel soldiers in The Democratic Republic of Congo. 'Child Soldier' tells the story of his happy life before the abduction, his time with the rebel militia, his escape from their clutches and finally the worsening situation and growing unrest for Michel and his family and his eventual immigration to Canada with his mother.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

680L

Topic

Family Relationships; Military families; Poverty; son in the military; child in the military; child soldiers; impoverished community

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Congolese

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2015, Nominee, Graphic Novel
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, 2016, Finalist
Red Maple Award, 2017, Winner, Non Fiction
Skipping Stones Honor Award, 2016, Winner, Multicultural And International
Towner Award, 2017, Nominee, Grades 2-6
Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, 2016, Nominee, Best Publication for Kids (ages 8 12)

Keywords

Democratic Republic of Congo; childhood and growing up; children and war; soccer; human rights; genocide

Diversity Impact

direct

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