Book review by Jan Carr, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Harrowing page-turner sheds light on child refugees.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 54 reviews

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age 14+

Book should include trigger warning

This book should have a trigger warning for those with past trauma or suicidal ideations. “After the evening roll call they would choose someone to drown, one every night. They would tie his ankles together, and his hands and a gag around his mouth and hand him upside down, …put his head in a barrel, fill the barrel with water slowly so they could enjoy the panic and laugh. The water would rise high enough …he would breathe in water and thrash around until he drowned upside down” Later this character has a very vivid scene in which he commits suicide. I can’t imagine why the publisher would recommend this for 9 year olds! It’s heavy. Parents please read this book before your children do.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 10+

Grumpy likes books kid

It's suitable for historical-fiction lovers, which I highly recommend it. Also don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube (Grumpy)

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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