Author: Sharon E. McKay Copyright Date: 2008
War Brothers is an outstanding piece of realistic fiction. We follow the lives of several boys and a girl as they survive being captured by Northern Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army. Sharon McKay is kind to the reader and allows us to see the situation through the eyes of a boy who remains kind and wholesome throughout his experience while his experiences are neither kind nor wholesome. This story allows the reader to reflect on the possibilities of good and evil in humanity. A painful read at times, McKay does not leave us without hope for her characters and Uganda. A necessary addition to the 6-12 library. A great accompaniment for other stories on growing up around the world – Iqbal, Parvana’s Journey, Tree Girl. It is difficult to pick a read aloud portion from this book. A possible introductory read aloud would be pages 56-61 where the boys are discussing life in America. This piece would allow for some discussion of cultural differences and dorm life and teaching students about making connections and contrasts as a strategy for increasing comprehension.
Rating: #1(Highly Recommended) ✓ #2 #3 #4 (not acceptable)
Interest Level: Grade 7-9 Reading Level: Grade 7+
Curriculum Area: Language Arts, Social Studies
Theme(s) Topic(s): War, Peace, Child Soldiers, Africa, Fear, Survival
This book would be suitable for: ✓ Lit Circles ✓ Kit Materials ✓Read-Aloud (Gr.) 7+