The Red Pencil (Hardcover)

By Andrea Davis Pinkney, Shane Evans (Illustrator)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316247801, 336pp.

Publication Date: September 16, 2014

List Price: 17.99*
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"Amira, look at me," Muma insists.She collects both my hands in hers."The Janjaweed attack without warning.If ever they come-- run."
Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in Nyala-- Amira's one true dream.
But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey-- on foot-- to safety at a refugee camp. Her days are tough at the camp, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind-- and all kinds of possibilities.
New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney's powerful verse and Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist Shane W. Evans's breathtaking illustrations combine to tell an inspiring tale of one girl's triumph against all odds.

About the Author

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than 20 books for children, including Bird in a Box and several collaborations with her husband Brian Pinkney, including Sit -In, Hand in Hand, and Martin & Mahalia. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY. Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom, which won a Coretta Scott King award, and Nobody Gonna Turn Me Round, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. His website is

Praise For The Red Pencil

Praise for Andrea Davis Pinkney's Bird In A Box:
A Today show Al's Book Club for Kids pick!

* "The artfully orchestrated novel is related with grace, restraint and a wealth of historical detail."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Bird in a Box will break, heal, and then fill your heart, all in one reading."
-Grace Lin, Newbery Honor author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Praise for Shane Evans' Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom:
"The author's collaged nocturnal paintings shimmer with an arresting luminescence.... When the travelers at last lift a newborn baby to the rising sun, readers celebrate along with the protagonists."
-School Library Journal