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A powerful novel written in vignettes about a Nepalese girl who risks everything for a chance ro reclaim her life from the depths of childhood prostitution. Endorsed by Amnesty International UK this title was also a finalist for the US National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. This title is part of Walker Books’ 'New Voices' campaign which throughout 2008 is showcasing some of the brightest new storytelling talents in children’s literature. If, after reading this poignant, harrowing but utterly essential read, you'd like to do more to raise awareness of the global crisis in sexual slavery then please visit in the first instance the author's own website, www.pattymccormick.com, from which you'll find links to other useful sites.
The inspiring true story of Reckless, the brave little mare that became a marine. This is the first picture book from award-winning novelist Patricia McCormick, sumptuously illustrated by acclaimed artist Iacopo Bruno. When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled little mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they'd ever known. And one of the biggest appetites! Soon Reckless showed herself more than willing to carry ammunition too heavy for the soldiers to haul. As cannons thundered and shells flew through the air, she marched into battle-again and again-becoming the only animal ever to officially hold military rank and receive two Purple Hearts.
Nominiert fur den Deutschen Jugendliteraturpreis 2016 (Jugendjury)Von der preisgekronten Autorin von Verkauft - Ein Jugendroman uber die Schreckensherrschaft der Roten Khmer in KambodschaAls Arn Chorn Pond noch ein Junge ist, ubernimmt das radikale kommunistische Regime der Roten Khmer die Macht in Kambodscha. Es folgt ein schrecklicher Volkermord, dem zwei Millionen Menschen zum Opfer fallen - ein Viertel der gesamten Bevolkerung. Arn hat uberlebt. Doch der Preis dafur war hoch. Denn er ist selbst zum Tater geworden. Und es ist ihm schwer gefallen, den Tiger in seinem Herzen zu bandigen.Schonungslos und brutal erzahlt Patricia McCormick von den Killing Fields. Es braucht nachhaltig beeindruckende Bucher wie dieses, um aufzuzeigen, zu welchen Grausamkeiten Menschen fahig sind und welche Fehler sich niemals wiederholen durfen.VERANDERE DIE WELT, INDEM DU DIE WAHRHEIT SAGST!
When Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital in Iraq, hes honored with a Purple Heart. But he doesnt feel like a hero.Theres a memory that haunts him: an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits his chest. Matt cant shake the feeling that he was somehow involved in his death. But because of a head injury he sustained just moments after the boy was shot, Matt cant quite put all the pieces together.Eventually Matt is sent back into combat with his squadJustin, Wolf, and Charlenethe soldiers who have become his family during his time in Iraq. He just wants to go back to being the soldier he once was. But he sees potential threats everywhere and lives in fear of not being able to pull the trigger when the time comes. In combat there is no black-and-white, and Matt soon discovers that the notion of who is guilty is very complicated indeed.National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick has written a visceral and compelling portrait of life in a war zone, where loyalty is valued above all, and death is terrifyingly commonplace.
A powerful novel written in vignettes about a a Nepalese girl who risks everything for a chance to reclaim her life.Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though they are desperately poor, Lakshmi's life is full of simple pleasures: playing hopscotch with her best friend, looking after her black-and-white speckled goat, having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when Lakshmi's family lose all that remains of their crops in a monsoon, her stepfather says she must leave home and take a job in the city. Lakshmi undertakes the long journey to India full of hope for her new life, proud to be able to earn, daring to hope that she will make enough money to make her mother proud too. Then she learns the unthinkable truth: for 10,000 rupees she has been sold into prostitution.
Eleven-year-old Arn is walking through the countryside in Cambodia. His whole town is walking with him. They're walking into one of the most tragic moments of history: the Killing Fields. Music will save him. Hope, luck and kindness will save him. This is his story. Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, this is an achingly raw and powerful novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace.
When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock 'n' roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. But after the soldiers march the entire population into the countryside, his life is changed forever. Arn is separated from his family and assigned to a labor camp: working in the rice paddies under a blazing sun, he sees the other children, weak from hunger, malaria, or sheer exhaustion, dying before his eyes. He sees prisoners marched to a nearby mango grove, never to return. And he learns to be invisible to the sadistic Khmer Rouge, who can give or take away life on a whim.One day, the soldiers ask if any of the kids can play an instrument. Arn's never played a note in his life, but he volunteers. In order to survive, he must quickly master the strange revolutionary songs the soldiers demandand steal food to keep the other kids alive. This decision will save his life, but it will pull him into the very center of what we know today as the Killing Fields. And just as the country is about to be liberated from the Khmer Rouge, Arn is handed a gun and forced to become a soldier. He lives by the simple credo: Over and over I tell myself one thing: never fall down.Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, this is an achingly raw and powerful novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace, from National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick.
Bonbonpapier am StacheldrahtAls Matt aufwacht, liegt er im Lazarett. Schadel-Hirn-Trauma nach einem Granatenangriff, sagen die Arzte. Er selbst kann sich nicht erinnern. Er kann nur mit Muhe seine Beine bewegen, das Sprechen fallt ihm schwer, die einfachsten Worter fallen ihm nicht mehr ein. Nur ein Bild hat er immer wieder vor Augen: Ali - der irakische Junge, mit dem er sich angefreundet hat -, wie er von den Fuen gerissen wird, erst mit einem Ausdruck von Gluck, dann von Entsetzen im Gesicht. Was ist geschehen?Ein Buch uber den Krieg im Irak, erschutternd und spannend wie ein Krimi.
You say it's up to me to do the talking. You lean forward and your black leather chair groans, like a living thing. Like the cow it was before somebody killed it and turned it into a chair in a shrink's office in a loony bin... Fifteen-year old Callie is so withdrawn that she's not speaking to anyone - including her therapist at Sea Pines, known to its guests as `Sick Minds' - the residential treatment facility where her parents and doctor send her after discovering that she cuts herself. Her story unfolds primarily through dramatic monologues, gradually revealing the family turmoil that led to her self-destructive behaviour.
Fifteen-year old Callie is so withdrawn that she's not speaking to anyone including her therapist at the residential treatment facility where her parents and doctor send her after discovering that she cuts herself. Her story unfolds primarily through dramatic monologues, gradually revealing the family turmoil that led to her self-destructive behavior. Her little brother, Sam, is ill he nearly died in her care. Since Sam's illness, Callie's mother has become so worried and fragile that she rarely leaves the house. Her father has responded to the psychological and financial stress of Sam's illness by disappearing into his work, and when that doesn't work, into his drinking. Callie's efforts to understand herself and her family illuminate her process of recovery honestly and with hope. Cut provides an insightful look at the psychology of cutting a form of self-abuse an estimated 2 million teenage girls inflict on themselves.