The Red Pencil

Basic info:

Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Published by Little Brown and Company in 2014.

Book Review:

The Red Pencil is the story of twelve-year-old Amira. She and her family live in a small village in Darfur until one day the Janjaweed attack and change her life as she knows it. Her family ventures to a Refugee camp where she receives a gift that changes her life – a red pencil and a yellow pad of paper. This book highlights what it is like to live in the Darfur area and makes the experiences of immigrants from this area a little bit more real. This book is great for young adult readers whose encounter a lot of immigrants from this area of the world in their day-to-day lives, as they might begin to more fully understand the circumstances behind their immigration.


This website includes the videos of two talks by the author, Andrea Davis Pinkney.

Older readers who enjoyed this book might also enjoy A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park.



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