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Children of War

Voices of Iraqi Refugees

by Deborah Ellis

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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 was born in Northern Ontario but grew up farther south, in Paris, Ontario. Like many writers she was a creative loner as a child, at odds with formal education in her youth, and a voracious reader. As an adult, she has been occupied with many issues of interest to women, such as peace, education and equality in society at home and abroad. She works at a group home for women in Toronto reading and writing in her spare time. In 2006 Deborah was named to the Order of Ontario.
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Awards
  • Long-listed, OLA Silver Birch Nonfiction Award
  • Commended, USBBY Outstanding International Books
Editorial Reviews

The Stories are poignant, heart wrenching, and ring with truth...†...a starting point for a disscussion on the impact of war on children from the childs perspective.

— VOYA

...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

Eye-opening...unforgettable and thought-provoking...the contrast between the simple language of these child refugees and the horrific events they relate is wrenching.

— Quill & Quire

A collection of heartrending entries based on interviews with displaced kids...The introduction offers a clear, concise summary of the events...and the photographs accompanying the stories personalize the harrowing plights.

— School Library Journal

A must...read, this book really helps raise awareness of the vulnerable and heartbreaking situation of refugees, and is likely to inspire social justice-oriented readers to start advocating on their behalf.

— papertigers.org

Ellis gives children a voice that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to express so readily in the mainstream media...[Children of War] exposes the complexity of the issues surrounding the war, and discourages any simplistic understandings that her readers may have held about the war's origins...A significant strength of this book is its accessibility for readers of all ages and cultural backgrounds...Highly recommended.

— CM Magazine

An important, current title that will have lasting significance.

— Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

...there's no real room for doubt that [the children's] grim attitudes...[and] outlook on the future, are painfully authentic.

— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees

Listen to the voices of 23 Iraqi children, aged eight to 19, who have fled war and their homes. In their own words, they confide what it means to be a refugee. An introduction offers a historical overview and sets the context for the accounts shared by the children. A glossary, a map and further-information suggestions are included.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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One Peace: True Stories of Young Activists

This is a celebration of the power of one and the accomplishments of nine children who have worked to promote world peace. The young pacifists hail from Canada, Colombia, Liberia, Bosnia, Japan, Great Britain, Cambodia, Afghanistan and the United States. Paintings, poems and colour photos illustrate this inspiring collection.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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