MAKING IT HOME by Beverly Naidoo


Real Life Stories From Children Forced to Flee
Age Range: 11 - 15
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Workers from the International Rescue Committee retell the stories of 18 of the millions of children who, because of war, have fled their homes and are now living in camps in other parts of their own countries, in neighboring countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, or in new homes in the UK and the United States. Most are 10-15 years old. Some emigrated with parents and siblings; others have been separated from their families. Nearly all recall a larger house and childhood games, but many remember scenes of horrifying violence that accompanied their leaving home. Contrary to the suggestion of the title, many of these young people do not consider their current residence permanent; they look forward to returning to a homeland free of violence. However, their stories demonstrate their resilience, their enjoyment of new friends, their willingness to work at school and to dream. Maps and brief histories of each country’s war are included. A section of black-and-white photographs enlivens an otherwise bland and somewhat formulaic text. It is hard to imagine a wide readership for this well-meant collection but, as Naidoo reminds in an introduction, these children challenge us not to look away. (Nonfiction. 11-15)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8037-3083-7
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2005


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