DIVerse Families
 
The Red Pencil

Title

The Red Pencil

Illustrator

Shane Evans

Publisher

Little Brown and Company

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780316247801

Pages

368 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel in verse

Item Type

Fiction

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

Topic

Family Relationships; Homelessness; refugee

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

Sudanese

Family Formation

mother and father

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

Diversity Impact

direct

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