Bamboo People (Paperback)
Charlesbridge Publishing, 9781580893299, 272pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 2012
Summer 2010 Kids' Next List
— Shirley Mullin, Kids Ink, Indianapolis, IN
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Narrated by two teenage boys on opposing sides of the conflict between the Burmese government and the Karenni, one of Burma's many ethnic minorities, this coming-of-age novel takes place against the political and military backdrop of modern-day Burma. Chiko isn't a fighter by nature. He's a book-loving Burmese boy whose father, a doctor, is in prison for resisting the government. Tu Reh, on the other hand, wants to fight for freedom after watching Burmese soldiers destroy his Karenni family's home and bamboo fields. Timidity becomes courage and anger becomes compassion when the boys' stories intersect.