Say You're One of Them

By Akpan Uwem
(Jiang Su Wen Yi Chu Ban She, Paperback, 9787539937915, 240pp.)

Publication Date: June 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback, , Compact Disc, Paperback, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2008 Indie Notables
“Say You're One of Them is a collection of stories, each about a different child in Africa dealing with a difficult life. While the circumstances are described with brutal honesty, the characters are multidimensional and are treated with compassion. This is not an easy read, but the crisp, detailed writing makes it worthwhile.”
-- Sarah Farnsworth, Briggs Carriage Bookstore, Brandon, VT



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  1. Each of the stories in Say You’re One of Them is told from the perspective of a child. Do you think this affected your reaction? If the narrators had been adults, might you have felt differently about the stories? Why do you think Akpan chose to depict these events through children’s eyes? How do Akpan’s young characters maintain innocence in the face of corruption and pain?

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