Eight Days

A Story of Haiti

By Edwidge Danticat; Alix Delinois (Illustrator)
(Orchard Books, Hardcover, 9780545278492, 32pp.)

Publication Date: September 2010

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Description

From National Book Award nominee Edwidge Danticat comes a timely, brilliantly crafted story of hope and imagination--a powerful tribute to Haiti and children around the world!

Hope comes alive in this heartfelt and deeply resonating story.
While Junior is trapped for 8 days beneath his collapsed house after an earthquake, he uses his imagination for comfort. Drawing on beautiful, everyday-life memories, Junior paints a sparkling picture of Haiti for each of those days--flying kites with his best friend or racing his sister around St. Marc's Square--helping him through the tragedy until he is finally rescued.
Love and hope dance across each page--granting us a way to talk about resilience as a family, a classroom, or a friend.




About the Author

Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, until she was twelve years old, when she moved to the United States to be reunited with her family. She published her first pieces of literary work just two years later. She has written many award-winning books, including BREATH, EYES, MEMORY, a member of Oprah's Book Club; KRIK? KRAK!, a National Book Award Nominee; THE FARMING OF BONES, an American Book Award Winner; and BROTHER, I'M DYING, a National Book Critics Circle winner. She is a 2009 winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant. Edwidge lives with her family in Miami, Florida.

Alix Delinois

Alix Delinois is a young Haitian-American artist/illustrator living and working in New York. He is the illustrator of Walter Dean Myers’s MUHAMMAD ALI: THE PEOPLE'S CHAMPION(12/09). Alix is a graduate of the Pratt Institute and received his Masters in Art Education from Brooklyn College. He is a substitute art teacher in New York City schools.




NPR
Thursday, Sep 9, 2010

Nine months after the quake in Haiti, Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat is sharing the earthquake story with an audience that was largely shielded from it -- children. Eight Days is a book about a boy who gets buried in the rubble and is not rescued until eight days later. More at NPR.org

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