The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil


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The powerful story of one girl's triumphant journey, inspired by true tales of life in Sudan — now in paperback.

Life in Amira's peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when Janjaweed attackers arrive, unleashing unspeakable horrors. After losing nearly everything, Amira needs to find the strength to make the long journey on foot to safety at a refugee camp. She begins to lose hope, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind — and all kinds of possibilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316247825
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 32,042
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the bestselling and award-winning author of many books for children, including Bird in a Box, Sit -In, Hand in Hand, and Martin & Mahalia.

Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including the Coretta Scott King award winner Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom.

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The Red Pencil 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is sad and tragic story that almost seems real . I highly recomed it
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Amira lived a quiet life in South Darfur with her parents and her sister who was born a frail child. Around the age of twelve, with the prospect of better opportunities, her best friend and her parents left for the big city. Amira knew Halima was bound to Gad Primary School, a school which would offer her the three R’s that Amira deeply desired. A crushed Amira was dealing with her mother who was a true traditionalist, someone who believed a woman’s place was in the home, thus destroying Amira’s dream of educating herself. Amira character is determined and outspoken and although her mother dismisses her dreams that does not stop her. It was a brutal attack from the Janjaweed, they must leave their village and relocate. The displacement camp is not ideal but it will be home for many for now. Everyone is desperate, looking for something but not knowing what. You can feel the desperation in the words the author scripts across the page, these survivors existing… for what, a better life but still wondering what lies beyond tomorrow. When a relief worker arrives with her bags, she touches the life of many children including Amira. Old Anwar, Amira’s father’s friend helps the family rebuild and comes through for Amira, giving her the push she needs. It’s not an emotional story but I enjoyed the different ways the prose changes during the story to show the tone of the novel. There were parts of the story that the words really became a prominent part of the story and the author did a wonderful job emphasizing them. As I read, there were parts that I wished it had more detail. The story was enjoyable but I just had a few questions as I read and I wanted more.