War Brothers: The Graphic Novel

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Annick Press, Limited, Feb 7, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 176 pages
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Praise for War Brothers, the novel by Sharon E. McKay:

War Brothers is a novel that very accurately portrays the criminality of adults who abduct kids to carry out crimes against humanity... This engrossing book is a vivid look at the hideous crimes committed by such groups and should be read by anyone wanting to know about Kony's LRA.
-- Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire (Retired), international child soldier advocate

The life of a child soldier is full of unthinkable violence ... But the human capacity to connect with others and for survival is remarkable.

Jacob is a 14-year-old Ugandan who is sent away to a boys' school. Once there, he assures his friend Tony that they need not be afraid -- they will be safe. But not long after, in the shadow of the night, the boys are abducted. Marched into the jungle, they are brought to an encampment of the feared rebel soldiers. They are told they must kill or be killed, and their world turns into a terrifying struggle to endure and survive.

In time, the boys escape. Hunted by the rebels, stalked by a lion, and even pursued by river crocs, they miraculously succeed in reaching safety. However, it is no longer enough. Jacob wrestles with the question of whether we are all really beasts inside. He decides the way through the pain is to record his story.

Daniel Lafrance's powerful, striking, and poignant artwork and the crisp, evocative text vividly capture the haunting experiences of a young boy caught in a brutal war.

This graphic novel is based on an award-winning YA novel by Sharon McKay. Sharon has spent time with child soldiers and based this story on real-life accounts.

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The graphics are excellent and enhance the story. - Goodreads
The illustrations were well done, dark and foreboding. - Goodreads
This same research shows in the graphic novel. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Patrice Sartor - Goodreads

This is a tough story to read, though the narrator warns us about that in the beginning. That the book is based upon true events makes it even more difficult to read, but even more important to do so ... Read full review

Review: War Brothers: The Graphic Novel

User Review  - Allison - Goodreads

This graphic novel is a fictionalized account of the experiences of many young boys captured by Kony's LRA. I thought the almost water color quality of the artwork made juxtaposed with the brutality ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Sharon E. McKay is a bestselling, award-winning author. Her books include Enemy Territory and Thunder Over Kandahar. She divides her time between Charlottetown, PEI, and Toronto, Ontario.

Daniel Lafrance is a storyboard and graphic novel artist and has worked as an artist in the film industry for many years. He lives in Toronto.

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