Under the Sun

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Harry N. Abrams, Mar 1, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 240 pages
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Part "My Side of the Mountain" and part "The Red Badge of Courage," a gripping journey of survival across a country at war
From Arthur Dorros, author of many highly-acclaimed picture books, comes this thrilling first novel.
Thirteen-year-old Ehmet, separated from his parents by the violence in his native Bosnia, travels alone across the country to a place he's heard rumors of, a village of children living in peace. Along the way, Ehmet uses all his skills, remembered and read, to find food, shelter, direction, and a new life for himself.
This important and timely book, based on extensive travel and research, shows readers the cost of war and the importance of young people in building peace.
Praise for "Under the Sun"
"With vivid description and telling detail that speaks of the extensive research, Dorros pulls the reader into a fictional story that has the chilling ring of truth."--"The Oregonian"
"A story that transcends setting to chronicle the adaptability and creativity of young adults everywhere."--"Pages Magazine"
"The facts are astonishing, and the contemporary war docunovel will grab readers."--"Booklist"

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This book was great. It consisted of beautiful writing and an interesting plot. Each chapter ended with a cliffhanger and the historical facts made the story feel real. Furthermore, I think one of the ... Read full review

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Arthur Dorros, an author and occasional illustrator, was born in Washington, D.C. on May 19, 1950. He attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. degree in 1972. He received his postgraduate teaching certification from Pacific Oaks College in 1979. He has worked odd jobs in his youth such as: builder, carpenter, drafter and photographer. He was a teacher for both elementary and junior high. He was the artist in residence for more than a dozen New York public schools while running programs in creative writing and bookmaking. Some of his children's books are written in both English and Spanish. He also writes books that deal with science and nature. Ant Cities and Feel the Wind were named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association/Children's Book Council and A Tree is Growing was named an Orbis Pictus Honor Book. He has received the Reading Rainbow Review book selections award for three of his books - Alligator Shoes, Ant Cities and Abuela.

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