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War Brothers

The Graphic Novel
McKay, Sharon E. (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
War Brothers

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Praise for War Brothers , the novel by Sharon E. McKay: War Brothers is a novel that very accurately portrays the criminality of adults who abduct kids to carry out crimes against humanity... This engrossing book is a vivid look at the hideous crimes committed by such groups and should be read by anyone wanting to know about Kony's LRA. -- Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire (Retired), international child soldier advocate The life of a child soldier is full of unthinkable violence ... But the human capacity to connect with others and for survival is remarkable. Jacob is a 14-year-old Ugandan who is sent away to a boys' school. Once there, he assures his friend Tony that they need not be afraid -- they will be safe. But not long after, in the shadow of the night, the boys are abducted. Marched into the jungle, they are brought to an encampment of the feared rebel soldiers. They are told they must kill or be killed, and their world turns into a terrifying struggle to endure and survive. In time, the boys escape. Hunted by the rebels, stalked by a lion, and even pursued by river crocs, they miraculously succeed in reaching safety. However, it is no longer enough. Jacob wrestles with the question of whether we are all really beasts inside. He decides the way through the pain is to record his story. Daniel Lafrance's powerful, striking, and poignant artwork and the crisp, evocative text vividly capture the haunting experiences of a young boy caught in a brutal war. This graphic novel is based on an award-winning YA novel by Sharon McKay. Sharon has spent time with child soldiers and based this story on real-life accounts.
Authors: McKay, Sharon E.
Title: War brothers
the graphic novel
Publisher: Toronto :, Annick Press,, c2013.
Characteristics: 163 p. :,chiefly col. ill., maps ;,25 cm.
Notes: Adaptation of "War brothers" by Sharon McKay, a book of fiction based on interviews in Gulu, Uganda.
Additional Contributors: McKay, Sharon E.
Lafrance, Daniel
ISBN: 9781554514892
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Report This Jan 16, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a barely fictionalized account of one boy's experience being "recruited" into Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda in the early 2000s. "Recruited," in this case, means kidnapped, starved, beaten, and broken, then taught to hate oneself as an irredeemable monster by being forced to kill innocent people to survive--when, for example, after first being taken and forced to march for days with no food, one of the boys is too weak to continue, three of his friends are told to beat him to death with logs or have their arms chopped off with machetes. It's a gruesome tale made all the more horrific by its truth. Powerful images relate the awful string of events. It's a quick read, but a dense and important one considering this is not a lesson from history, but an ongoing occurrence in our real world.

Report This Jun 21, 2013
  • flash2121 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

it a good book to read and see....

Report This Jun 04, 2013
  • 3reading4stem2011 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think that all young people should read this one. Why? So they can understand that there are those whom will do evil and use them in a bad manner to make other suffer.


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Report This May 27, 2013
  • EbonyNicole rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I thought you should be prepared for both the bad and the good. There is no shame in closing this book now." Jocob to the readers


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