The Red Pencil, Andrea Davis Pinkney

Amira Bright


Drawing, Chasing

Stirring up

The wind.

Waiting, reading




Amira Bright.

Amira is finally 12, old enough for new responsibilities. Amira wants to let go of all the traditions that bind her mother. She wants to learn to read and to write. But when the Janjaweed militia come to her village without warning. Her dreams of school may disappear forever.

This book is inspiring because it shows how one girl can chase her dreams even during war time. I loved it because Amira learns to set her dreams free. And to chase them.

Here’s what Goodreads has to say;

“Amira, look at me,” Muma insists.She collects both my hands in hers.“The Janjaweed attack without warning.
If ever they come run.”

Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in NyalaAmira’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 mindand all kinds of possibilities.
New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney’s powerful verse and Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist Shane W. Evans’s breathtaking illustrations combine to tell an inspiring tale of one girl’s triumph against all odds.

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