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Bamboo People

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

by Mitali Perkins, 272 pages, Grades 7 and up

Chiko joins the Burmese army because he is out of choices. His family is struggling to find enough food to eat since his father was imprisoned by the government and it seems like his only choice to keep everyone alive.

Tu Reh is Karenni, an ethnic minority in Burma. The Burmese burned his family home and village to the ground, so he decided to join the resistance. 

Their two parallel stories are full of the heartache and violence of war, but deep down they are each young men trying to do what is right to protect their family.

What would happen if these two meet? Will they see beyond the side they have taken and into each other’s hearts or will the pressures of winning the war be too much to allow them to see the humanity beneath the soldier?

If you enjoy historical fiction about wartime you might also like Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers, Private Peaceful, by Michael Morpurgo, or Refugee, by Alan Gratz about those who try to escape war-torn countries.