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Groundwood Books

Children of War

Written by Deborah Ellis

For kids - 12 years old | Published March 01, 2009 | ISBN 9780888999085
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / Middle East

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128 pages | 8.630 in × 5.630 in
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About this book

Children of War

Deborah Ellis

USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List

In this book, Deborah Ellis turns her attention to the most tragic victims of the Iraq war -- Iraqi children. She interviews young people, mostly refugees living in Jordan, but also a few who are trying to build new lives in North America. Some families have left Iraq with money; others are penniless and ill or disabled. Most of the children have parents who are working illegally or not at all, and the fear of deportation is a constant threat.

Ellis provides an historical overview and brief explanations of context, but other than that allows the children to speak for themselves, with minimal editorial comment or interference. Their stories are frank, harrowing and sometimes show surprising resilience, as the children try to survive the consequences of a war in which they played no part. A glossary, map and suggestions for further information are included.

About the Author

Deborah Ellis

Deborah Ellis is a member of the Order of Canada. She has won the University of California’s Middle East Book Award, Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize, the Governor General’s Award, and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. She is best known for her Breadwinner series, which has been published in twenty-five languages, with $2 million in royalties donated to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International.

Awards and Praise

"An important, current title that will have lasting significance." — Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

"...The voices are poignant, insightful, angry and hopeful...Photographs of the interviewes and a glossary round out an important chronicle of war and the world's most vulnerable-the children." — Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

  • Long-listed OLA Silver Birch Nonfiction Award, 2010
  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2010