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War Brothers: The Graphic Novel by Sharon McKay (2013-02-07)

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    Sharon McKay;Daniel LaFrance(Author)

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  • By Noelle Campbell on May 6, 2017

    These are the stories that people like Angelina Jolie has been trying to get you to pay attention to. She obviously couldn't do it, but this graphic novel is excellent in getting your attention. It has an awesome story, modern coloring that doesn't look as comic book as other graphic novels, and conflicts that are REAL with questions that are hard to answer. This would be an excellent movie. I don't know why no one in Hollywood, Bollywood, BBC or anyone else has not picked it up.

  • By A. Weber on September 25, 2015

    You need to be emotionally prepared to read this book. It gets very intense very quickly once their school is attacked. It's drawn and written in a way that was very relatable and evocative. It is a great way to introduce people to the topic of child soldiers and the girls and women who are taken into these groups. It isn't a full history or survey of the issue, but it does provide that case study, that personal story, that gets you interested in knowing more and doing something. I personally got this book to add it to a classroom library (I teach secondary social studies) and think it is a great addition.

  • By Don D. Bouchard on July 30, 2013

    Until I read this book, I had only given the briefest consideration for the child armies of Koby in the African Congo. My heart went out to the families and the children who have been kidnapped and forced into committing atrocities by Kony and his insane generals.

  • By Bethany Moore on April 24, 2014

    I thought that this graphic novel effectively told the story of a fictional child soldier in Uganda, especially being ostracized upon return to the village. However, I only gave it 4 stars because it was difficult to read on the Kindle. For some reason, it would not let me zoom in and I could only read it in landscape mode.

  • By ncsailer on June 7, 2013

    This is a great, distrurbing story that young people--and adults--should read. It explains the rampant cruelty in parts of the world. It shows how innocent children can be robbed of hope and turned into monsters themselves.

  • By Live Outside on September 18, 2017

    I picked this graphic novel up from a library’s display as I loved the cover and the title. I didn’t know until I got home what the novel was about and after I read the synopsis, I realized that I had picked up a gem. I loved everything about this novel.The story is about the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) which is ran by Kony, a man who stops at nothing. Reading these words, I had to laugh as I just finished reading Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton and here I was reading about the same Army two weeks later, only now I was reading a graphic novel. Both novels were based on actual events. Even though both of their accounts were similar in what had transpired, each story was unique and it was fantastic reading another novel based on what is happening in Uganda. Just as I had imagined from reading Soldier Boy, this novel’s illustrations reaffirmed my notion of what these children went through after being captured.In this novel, the boys were taken from their school, a place they thought was safe, and now the boys are part of the war. It is either kill the enemy and be given food to eat and survive or to refuse to fight and have to scrounge for your own food and hope you will survive. Don’t get hurt or you will be left behind to die, this regiment had a mission and they were not slowing down. Fighting the government’s army or overtaking villages, the LRA did it to please God, for those are the words of Kony. I had to shake my head as I read about their commitment to God. It was amazing how their twisted minds worked, believing that God choose them to fight for him, to kill innocent individuals and to torment others. They were violent and brutal in their ways to get what they needed, to do God’s will and to get their abductees to break down and fight with them.I loved the illustrations in this novel. The colorful, bright artwork tells the whole picture. It pulls you in and my emotions harden as I read. To walk day-in and day-out in the bush, keeping your head up while your spirit was diminishing. I liked how the illustrator used a white border around the text boxes when life was safe for the boys and then changed to a black border when the boys were under the LRA rule. It really was a powerful message. Looking at the side of this novel, I saw white, black and then white again, there was hope for what had transpired. I can’t say enough about how powerful and effective this novel is, in portraying this event that is still occurring in Uganda.

  • By Rob Slaven on March 6, 2013

    By now you know the spiel; I received this book through a GoodReads giveaway. Even though it was free I'm not above giving a crushing review to a free book. As further preamble, I don't seek out to read graphic novels but I will look at anything put in front of me, so here we go.As I said in the intro, I'm not a comic books sort of reader in general so right off that puts me at a bit of a disadvantage. I don't have a whole lot to compare this to. In simple terms it was about a 45 minute read even with the distraction of pedaling an exercise bike the whole time. Being a comic book it's very easy to read and very accessible. The illustrations were well done, dark and foreboding. That fits well since the topic was itself so dark and foreboding. So as graphic novels go, absolutely no complaints at a technical level.The content, as you have no doubt surmised from the publisher's description, surrounds the conscription of young men by Ugandan rebels. Written from the perspective of a young man who is a victim of this conscription, it does tend to tug at your heart strings. In the U.S. there's not a lot of awareness that this sort of thing goes on so I applaud the book for introducing this hitherto untold story to domestic readers. It tells the story in a heart-felt way but left me as a reader rather wanting more information. The graphic novel genre only supports so much throughput so this isn't an especially surprising eventuality.To sum up, an interesting story told in far too brief a format. I wanted more data but what was presented was fairly intriguing. Not the most amazing thing I've ever read but certainly a 45 minutes well spent.


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