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Free?: Stories about Human Rightsby Amnesty International
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What does it mean to be free? Top authors donate their talents to explore the question in a compelling collection to benefit Amnesty International.
A boy who thinks that school is "slavery" learns the true meaning of the word when he stumbles on a secret child-labor factory. A Palestinian boy, mute from trauma, releases kites over a wall to a hilltop settlement, each bearing a message of peace. This inspiring, engaging anthology gathers an international roster of authors to explore such themes as asylum, law, education, and faith — from a riveting tale of an attempt to find drinking water after Hurricane Katrina; to a chilling look at a future where microchips track every citizens every move; to a hilarious police interrogation involving the London Tower, the Crown Jewels, and a Ghanaian boy with a passion for playing marbles. Features an introduction by British writer Jacqueline Wilson.
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"In this collection of 14 imaginative short stories, writers including Eoin Colfer, Roddy Doyle, Ursula Dubosarsky, and Margaret Mahy come together to celebrate the United Nations' 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In her introduction, Jacqueline Wilson writes, 'So many brave writers have drawn attention to the horrors of repressive regimes, even though they've suffered as a result.... Life isn't fair — but we can do our best to right the wrongs.' Differing widely in focus and style, the stories eloquently illustrate specific articles in the declaration. In David Almond's tale, a boy who's part of a group of neighborhood 'mischief-makers, pests, and scamps' has his perspective changed by an iconoclastic German youth, who plants the seed of freedom through independent thought. Theresa Breslin offers a suspenseful piece about a young daydreamer who stumbles upon a child-labor factory. Written in verse, Rita Williams-Garcia's story is a somber look at the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, while Patricia McCormick presents a harrowing account of those who fled Zimbabwe in 2008 after a disputed election. Frequently thought provoking, the stories adeptly highlight the universal importance of human rights. Ages 10 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A selection of essays and articles celebrating the centenary of this anarchist periodical. Both reprints from some of the luminaries (and they include just about everyone) over the years, as well as new essays commissioned for this volume.
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Amnesty International is a nonprofit organization that works to protect human rights around the world.
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