The Red Pencil: 03/02/17
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney is a free form poetry novel about the war in Sudan. It's told from the point of view of Amira, a young girl whose whole life has been spent on a multigenerational farm. Now she has seen relatives murdered and is on the flight for her life with her surviving family.
Before the violence, Amira loved to draw and write, having been given a drawing stick by her uncle. As she slips into fear and depression, she loses her voice, loses her stick, and her willingness to engage in the world beyond the bare minimum needed to survive.
The first part is her life before the violence. The second part is her family's flight from the violence. The final part is her slow and painful recovery.
It's a difficult but important book — one that should be used in the classroom.