Groundwood Books


Written by Jane Springer

For readers 14 years old | Published July 01, 2006 | ISBN 9780888996824
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Violence

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144 pages | 7.000 in × 5.060 in
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Also Available as an Ebook

About this book


Jane Springer

Educator's Guide ↓ Sample Chapter ↓ Groundwork Guides

"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." -- Globe and Mail

Some view the systematic killing, rape and destruction of homes in Darfur as a grave humanitarian crisis. For others, it’s a clear example of the ultimate crime against humanity -- genocide. Who is right? What is genocide? What is the impact on humanity of wiping out entire groups of people? Who are the endangered human beings in today’s world?

This thoughtful book helps young readers understand these and other difficult questions. Providing an overview of the history of genocide worldwide, the book explores the paradox that while a person who murders another person can be tried and even executed for the crime, a person who murders hundreds or thousands of people usually goes free. Using case studies the book points out their unique character while at the same time establishing important links between them. Most important, the book answers the question, what can be done to prevent genocide from happening in the future?

About the Author

Jane Springer

Jane Springer is the author of Genocide, part of the Groundwork Guides series for which she is also the series editor. She is a consultant in international development and has lived and worked in Mozambique and India. She is the author of Listen to Us: The World's Working Children and translator of the Portuguese-language books Nest Egg and Tales from the Amazon. Jane Springer lives in Toronto.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended Maine State Library Cream of the Crop List, 2007
  • Commended NYPL Books for the Teenage List, 2007
  • Commended CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection), 2007
  • Commended Booklist Top 10 Youth Series - Nonfiction, 2007
  • Short-listed Norma Fleck Non-fiction Award, 2007
  • Commended IRA Children's Book Award Notables, 2007