Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War by Michel ChikwanineChild Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War by Michel Chikwanine

Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War

byMichel Chikwanine, Jessica Dee HumphreysIllustratorClaudia Dávila

Hardcover | September 1, 2015

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Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his school-yard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, Michel managed to escape and find his way back to his family, but he was never the same again. After immigrating to Canada, Michel was encouraged by a teacher to share what happened to him in order to raise awareness about child soldiers around the world, and this book is part of that effort. Told in the first person and presented in a graphic novel format, the gripping story of Michel's experience is moving and unsettling. But the humanity he exhibits in the telling, along with Claudia Dávila's illustrations, which evoke rather than depict the violent elements of the story, makes the book accessible for this age group and, ultimately, reassuring and hopeful. The back matter contains further information, as well as suggestions for ways children can help. This is a perfect resource for engaging youngsters in social studies lessons on global awareness and social justice issues, and would easily spark classroom discussions about conflict, children's rights and even bullying. Michel's actions took enormous courage, but he makes clear that he was and still is an ordinary person, no different from his readers. He believes everyone can do something to make the world a better place, and so he shares what his father told him: ?If you ever think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.?
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel Chikwanine has experienced civil war, political upheaval and poverty, emerging as an individual wise beyond his years. Forced by these circumstances to leave his home country at the age of 11 as a refugee, Michel has since traveled to 35 African countries, witnessing firsthand the proble...
Title:Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:48 pages, 9.38 × 8 × 0.5 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771381264

ISBN - 13:9781771381260


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Sad Story This is the story of Michael, a young boy who lived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and was kidnapped at age 5 and forced to be a child soldier. Michael tells about this ordeal and then what it was like to go home and try to live in a country plunging into chaos. Eventually, when he was 16, he was able to move to Canada and now works to raise awareness of the issues and needs of the African people. For older kids, this is a great book to start the conversation. Michael got free, but so many don't. And even those who do suffer for a long time. At the back of the book are some stats and more info about child soldiers and what can and is being done to help them.
Date published: 2017-08-16

Editorial Reviews

... an eye-opening and heartbreaking account of Chikwanine's kidnapping at the age of five.-Quill & Quire