Nomination: The Red Pencil

red_pencilPinkney, Andrea Davis. The Red Pencil. illus. by Shane Evans. 2014. 336p. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $17.00 (978-0316247801).

12-year old Amina hopes to attend school one day, but is told by her mother that girls should only marry and bear children. When the Janjaweed militia group invades her village, Amina’s dreams are shattered. Having endured heartbreaking losses, Amina struggles at a refugee camp. There, she is given a red pencil to record her thoughts…soon, she begins to hope again.




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