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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Review: Bamboo People (Perkins)

Title: Bamboo People
Author: Perkins
Genre: Fiction, Burma, War
Pages: 172
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What would you do if your father was in prison simply for being a doctor and your mother was starving?  What if joining the army, by force, is your only option to feed her?  What if you saw soldiers burning your home and killing your friends?  Life in Burma is filled with civil war and unrest as the government tries to eliminate the Karenni (an ethnic minority).

Chiko is forced to join the army and held prisoner to fight for a cause he doesn't believe in.  Tu Reh fights with his father for the freedom of his people.  This is the story of what happens when two boys forced to be on opposite sides of a military conflict meet...when one boy saves the life of the other.  An excellent read, and insight into the conflict currently in Burma.  To find out more, check out the author's website.  FYI, the book is not published until 7/1/10...I read an advanced copy.

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