One Day the Soldiers Came (Paperback)

Voices of Children in War

By Charles London

Harper Perennial, 9780061240478, 304pp.

Publication Date: October 16, 2007

List Price: 14.95*
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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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War

“A profound and deeply moving journey into the minds of children who live with war.”
— Ishmael Beah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

“Charles London brings an uncomfortable truth to life. This book is often difficult reading, but attention must be paid.”
— Ambassador Richard Holbrooke

“The stories told by these children...are essential to our humanity...”

“An unblinking account of a peculiar human reality...a wise and captivating story.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Eat, Pray, Love

“Shining a light on the horrors inflicted on those most vulnerable is noble work.”
— New York Post, "Required Reading" reveiw

“Eye-opening ...Searing and heartbreaking”
— Kirkus Reviews

“[London’s] passionate personal engagement will get readers thinking about elemental issues...”
— Booklist

“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.”
— Baltimore Times