Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrath

Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrath

In 1914, all Shahen can think of is going to join his uncle in America. His sister Sosi has her eye on a boy at the market. Their younger sister, Mariam would just like to spend her time looking up at the sky to watch the birds and learning to write. The bird that Mariam watches is the only one who knows that there is trouble coming to the Armenians and therefore trouble is on its way to Shahen, Sosi and Mariam.

There is no twitter or CNN to tell these young people what was going on in the next city or the neighboring country. It's not until an army shows up at their door that they are thrown into a war they didn't know was going on. Their parents were convinced that their home was a safe place, and did not talk to the twins about unrest. But when their mom and dad are wrong, it's up to Shahen and Sosi to figure out what to do next.

This book is written in very sparse poetry. Each word is important and each word brings the three children either closer or farther away from death, depending on what they choose to do. You have to keep turning the pages because everything is so risky!

If you think you know a lot about World War I, you might be surprised to read this story and find out about a part of the world that we don't talk about too much when we're talking about this time period.  Not only will you be pulled immediately into this story, but the author gives many more resources to read after you finish this.

More to Read:

Small Damages by Beth Kephart

Going Over by Beth Kephart

Read This, Watch That: National Poetry Month Edition

What Do You Mean You Never Read: 'In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer' by Irene Gut Updyke with Jennifer Armstrong


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