Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War
Kids Can Press
graphic short story
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.
Family Relationships; Military families; Poverty; son in the military; child in the military; child soldiers; impoverished community
mother and father
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)
Democratic Republic of Congo; childhood and growing up; children and war; soccer; human rights; genocide
Humphreys, Jessica Dee and Chikawanine, Michel, "Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War" (2015). Diverse Families. 1391.