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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney Narrator: Andrea Davis Pinkney, Shane W. Evans Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781478955665
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“Amira, look at me,” Muma insists. She collects both my hands in hers. “The Janjaweed attack without warning. If ever they come—run.”

Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in Nyala—Amira’s one true dream.

But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey—on foot—to safety at a refugee camp. Her days are tough at the camp, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind—and all kinds of possibilities.

This inspiring story by Andrea Davis Pinkney, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, is a powerful tale of one girl’s triumph against all odds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pinkney’s spare verse powerfully communicates this strong young girl’s hopes and dreams even as she expresses the awfulness of what she has been through.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Pinkney faces war’s horrors head on, yet also conveys a sense of hope and promise.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Tells a moving story of the scarring effects of war but also brings a message of hope and inspiration…The girl is given a red pencil; this simple gift reveals a world of endless possibilities and imbues the tween with a strong sense of agency…An engaging author note provides background on the political situation in Sudan and explains the powerful motivations for telling this story. An essential purchase that pairs well with Sylvia Whitman’s The Milk of Birds.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Telling her story in first-person verse, Pinkney uses deft strokes to create engaging characters through the poetry of their observations and the poignancy of their circumstances. This tale of displacement in a complex, war-torn country is both accessible and fluent, striking just the right tone for middle-grade readers…A soulful story that captures the magic of possibility, even in difficult times.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Pinkney narrates with a gravity appropriate to poetry and Amira’s changing circumstances when Janjaweed militants destroy her home and force what remains of her family to flee. Pinkney also infuses notes of warmth and humor throughout the story, reflecting the love that surrounds Amira as well as her hopeful nature.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, September 2014
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2014 New York Times Book Review Notable Book for Children
  • A 2015 Parents' Choice Award Winner
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About the Author
Author Andrea Davis Pinkney

Andrea David Pinkney is the author of numerous award-winning books for children, many of which were collaborations with her husband, illustrator Brian Pinkney. She is also an editor at Scholastic.