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83 Days in Mariupol: A War Diary

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Harrowing, violent graphic novel of a city under siege.

83 Days in Mariupol book cover: A woman and two children flee burning buildings

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The war in Ukraine is a monumental subject, and this important, harrowing graphic novel captures the small moments of terror and bravery from the siege of one city from February to May of 2022. In 83 Days in Mariupol, Don Brown views the warfare with a reporter's eye, recording the refugees' tales with hard-won eloquence as their city crumbles around them. Brown portrays many of the citizens as almost featureless figures, emphasizing how the war has stripped them of their individuality. The book's black-and-white illustrations lend an immediacy that prose alone can't match. Harsh and powerful, this book will inspire interest in this modern-day struggle for freedom.

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