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Child Soldier
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Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel Chikwanine has experienced civil war, political upheaval and poverty, emerging as an individual wise beyond his years. Forced by these circumstances to leave his home country at the age of 11 as a refugee, Michel has since traveled to 35 African countries, witnessing firsthand the problems faced by the developing world, but also the beauty of the communities and people who live there.@michelchikwan

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... an eye-opening and heartbreaking account of Chikwanine's kidnapping at the age of five.--Quill & Quire
... the direct first-person narration lays bare the boy's confusion and pain ...[while] Davila's panel sequences temper the story's atrocities ...--Publishers Weekly
... Child Soldier conveys Michel's horrific experience with sensitivity, insight, and skill ... also providing readers with relevant information about the geography and history of the country.--Quill & Quire, Starred Review
An enlightening, accessible, and, above all, child-friendly introduction to the issue.--School Library Journal, Starred Review
An unforgettable book that provides factual information about civil wars and especially child soldiers.--Resource Links
Graphic in format but not detail ...The visual element gives this memoir particular immediacy for audiences who don't understand what is happening right now, to kids just like them.--Kirkus Reviews
The narration includes enough history of the Congo to give context to the personal story, while the back matter provides more information about child soldiers.--Booklist

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