The Red Pencil
Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in Nyala — Amira's one true dream. But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey on foot to safety at a refugee camp. Her days are tough at the camp, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind — and all kinds of possibilities.
Age Level: Middle Grade (9-14)
Book Series: The Refugee Experience: Books for Children Refugee Stories from Africa Courageous Girls: Books for Middle Grades Digging Deeper: Books About Social Issues for Middle Grades Stories Told in Letters and Verse Tough Topics: Death, Dying, and Grief