War brothers by sharon e mckay
War Brothers: The Graphic Novel by Sharon E. McKayThis is the graphic novel edition of Sharon McKays novel set in Uganda, where Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has, since 1987, abducted up to 30,000 children from their villages and homes for use as soldiers and slaves. It is in these nightmarish times that the fates of 5 boys and a girl are entwined. Captured from their school by the LRA, the boys wait for rescue only to discover that if they are to survive they must rely on themselves. But friendship, courage, and resilience might not be enough to save them. Based in part upon interviews with child soldiers in Northern Uganda, War Brothers is a stunning depiction of the human cost of wars fought by children. (description modified from the novel edition)
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Thank you! The book opens with an awareness-raising letter to readers from teen protagonist Kitina Jacob and a brutal preview to set the stage. After weeks of forced marches, vicious beatings and atrocities designed to turn them into uncaring killers, the captives escape with help from mutilated campmate Hannah and others—profoundly scarred but, ultimately, resilient enough to take back their lives. Switching from white to black borders between his panels during the time of captivity to intensify the atmosphere of terror, Lafrance puts shadows or at least a little visual distance between viewers and violent acts. Wrenchingly, though, he ramps up the immediacy and emotional intensity by cutting again and again to the wide-eyed, tear-stained faces of children forced to do or to witness those acts. There was a problem adding your email address.
The author Sharone McKay has spent time with child soldiers so her powerful story is based on real life events. Jacob, one of the main characters writes a letter at the beginning of the story warning readers about the harsh and cruel reality of his life as a child soldier. The children are then made to obey orders from other children who have also been captured and forced to become child soldiers. The graphic novel brings into reality the frightening transformation of the mental makeup of children from innocent children to murderous individuals who must kill to survive. Some of the images although brutal convey this harsh reality and the sense of fear in the children and their hopelessness are poignantly revealed by the author and illustrator. There is another letter from Jacob at the end of the story that should reach out to readers and governments across the world as a cry for help.
Looking for inspiration for your next read, movie, or video game? We've paired literacy with volunteering and given teens the opportunity to write reviews to earn community service hours! If you want to get involved, head on over to our volunteer page for more information. This is a review of the novel War Brothers by Sharon E. The army is made up of children and teenagers who have been captured from nearby villages and schools in Africa. This book follows Jacob, Tony, and other characters as they try to escape from this army and find their way back home, without getting killed.