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Say You're One of Them
Say You're One of Them
Author: Uwem Akpan
Each story in this jubilantly acclaimed collection pays testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face of the most agonizing circumstances. A family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya scurries to find gifts of any kind for the impending Christmas holiday. A Rwandan girl relates her family's struggles to maintai...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780316086370
ISBN-10: 0316086371
Publication Date: 9/18/2009
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

3 stars, based on 120 ratings
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Say You're One of Them on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This book is very well written and very hard to read because the content is so heartrending. In a series of stories, children of Africa recount events in their tragic lives. It is an important book for helping us to understand how conflict tears away the fabric of human existence.
PamelaH avatar reviewed Say You're One of Them on + 90 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Five stories (all written in the eyes of children) that are heartbreaking, not only because of the story lines but also because they are based on fact. These children are living in terrible circumstances, yet Akpan reminds us that they bounce back quickly to try to survive. Some of the dialog takes some getting used to, but once you figure it out, everything flows smoothly. As the author mentions, many Americans know little about life elsewhere and seemingly, don't want to know. Read these heartwrenching stories, and you will know a little more about life elsewhere, specifically in Africa. Although depressing, these stories are well-written and impressive... I am in awe.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book gave me an insight into the problems facing the people of Africa. The language made it hard to understand, though I understand that it was necessary to tell the stories as realistically as possible. A rather depressing book and some of the stories seemed incomplete.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was hard to read. The heartbreaking stories, and the knowing that this really does go on is almost too much to take. It is a great book, just not a happy book at all. I do recommend it for anyone that can handle the sadness.
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Helpful Score: 1
Well written and heartfelt. A moving collection of stories written from children's view of hearbreaking circimstanaces they find themselves in. I shall re-read this. If you liked, Little Bee, I think you'll need to read this too. It will move you and stay with you.
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This book was so sad and shocking! It really put life in Africa into perspective for me. I felt so sad for the children in these stories.


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