One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War  -     By: Charles London
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One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War

HarperCollins / 2007 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0061240478
ISBN-13: 9780061240478
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Publisher's Description

Today, in violence-torn regions across the globe, 20 million children have been uprooted, orphaned, or injured by war, famine, and poverty. This is their story . . . and ours.

In this powerful and unforgettable book—by turns painful, funny, terrifying, and triumphant—Charles London takes us into the world of refugee children, celebrating their unique skills for survival and reflection. Their remarkable stories and drawings chill the blood and touch the heart, offering an indelible, first hand portrait of the war that rages beyond the headlines.

Author Bio

Charles London is a former research associate with Refugees International and director of curriculum for War Kids Relief, a peace-building organization. He is the 1999 winner of the Rolling Stone College Journalism Award, and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, and other national publications. He has been a young-adult librarian for the New York Public Library and is the author of One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War. He lives in New York City.

Publisher's Weekly

Charles London, foreword by Robert Coles. Harper Perennial, $14.95 paper (266p) ISBN 9780061240478 London, working with the nonprofit organization Refugees International, interviewed child soldiers and other young people affected by ethnic conflict in Africa, Burma and the Balkans to bring their plight to the attention of his fellow Americans. The narrative that emerges is a fine accomplishment, tying together the horrific stories of countless children against a merciless landscape of undersupplied refugee camps, belligerent authority figures and the constant threat of renewed violence. London tells of children forced into prostitution and military service, Burmese refugees unable to leave their dreary Bangkok apartments for fear of deportation and other tragic consequences of conflict; the stories are chilling and London is an able interviewer, getting children to open up by joining their soccer games and getting them to draw pictures. London began his project at age 21, and has a neophyte’s penchant for self-regard and melodrama (“She is looking though her life, to some place else, some future bliss that is forever out of reach”); letting the stories speak for themselves would have bolstered their resonance. Regardless, this is a moving and important account of war’s youngest victims in a region that too rarely enters the American consciousness. (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

“A profound and deeply moving journey into the minds of children who live with war.”
“Charles London brings an uncomfortable truth to life. This book is often difficult reading, but attention must be paid.”
“The stories told by these children...are essential to our humanity...”
“An unblinking account of a peculiar human reality...a wise and captivating story.”
“Shining a light on the horrors inflicted on those most vulnerable is noble work.”
“Eye-opening ...Searing and heartbreaking”
“[London’s] passionate personal engagement will get readers thinking about elemental issues...”
“It is London’s sincerity, discernment, feelings, and penchant for analysis that are always on display...Children as well as adults should read this book.”

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