War Brothers

War Brothers

The Graphic Novel

Book - 2013
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The unforgettable novel about one child soldier's struggle with friendship, courage, and resilience.

Jacob is a 14-year-old Ugandan who is sent away to a boys' school. Once there, he assures his friend Tony that they need not be afraid--they will be safe. But not long after, in the shadow of the night, the boys are abducted. Marched into the jungle, they are brought to an encampment of the feared rebel soldiers. Told that they must kill or be killed, the boys are thrust into a terrifying struggle to endure and survive.

In time, the boys escape. Hunted by the rebels, stalked by a lion, and even pursued by river crocs, they miraculously succeed in reaching safety; however, it is no longer enough. Jacob's adventures force him to confront evil, victimization, and the dark side of human nature, but also teach him about loyalty, friendship, and the true meaning of family.

War Brothers was originally published in 2008, in Canada. Annick is now making the award-winning novel available to American readers, with powerful, striking cover art by Daniel Lafrance. This edition is not available in Canada. The novel was recently adapted into a critically acclaimed graphic novel.

Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9781554514885
1554514886
9781554514892
1554514894
Branch Call Number: YA GRAPHIC McKay Sharon
Characteristics: 163 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: McKay, Sharon E.
Lafrance, Daniel

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JCLChrisK Jan 16, 2014

This is a barely fictionalized account of one boy's experience being "recruited" into Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda in the early 2000s. "Recruited," in this case, means kidnapped, starved, beaten, and broken, then taught to hate oneself as an irredeemabl... Read More »


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JCLChrisK Jan 16, 2014

This is a barely fictionalized account of one boy's experience being "recruited" into Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda in the early 2000s. "Recruited," in this case, means kidnapped, starved, beaten, and broken, then taught to hate oneself as an irredeemable monster by being forced to kill innocent people to survive--when, for example, after first being taken and forced to march for days with no food, one of the boys is too weak to continue, three of his friends are told to beat him to death with logs or have their arms chopped off with machetes. It's a gruesome tale made all the more horrific by its truth. Powerful images relate the awful string of events. It's a quick read, but a dense and important one considering this is not a lesson from history, but an ongoing occurrence in our real world.

flash2121 Jun 21, 2013

it a good book to read and see....

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3reading4stem2011
Jun 04, 2013

I think that all young people should read this one. Why? So they can understand that there are those whom will do evil and use them in a bad manner to make other suffer.

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