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Incredibly powerful stories about children's experiences of the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami. Features stories by many of today's best-known authors. Donations from book sales will go to charities active in child welfare. Massive marketing and publicity campaign. A powerful anthology of 18 stories focusing on the experiences of children from all regions affected by the tsunami of Boxing Day 2004. Each child's story, retold by a different well-known children's author, is followed by a short update of the child's progress by the aid-worker who gathered details of story. The book is positive, inspirational, and forward-looking. It tells incredible stories of bravery and survival and looks at how the global aid effort has affected the children involved. An introduction explains what happened in in December 2004 and a map shows the areas affected. The global aid effort is also described, explaining to readers how their charity donations have helped. The charity organizations involved (Unicef, Save the Children and others) have provided the photographs that illustrate book. The cover illustration is by Michael Foreman.
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Featuring many of today's best-known authors: Michael Morpurgo (introduction), Eoin Colfer, Gillian Cross, Melvin Burgess, Alan Gibbons, G P Taylor, Michael Foreman, Malachy Doyle, Tim Bowler, Cliff McNish, Neil Arksey, John Fardell, Judy Allan, Narinder Dhami, Stephanie Baudet, Bernard Ashley, Nick Gifford, Elizabeth Arnold and Steve Volk. Most of the authors featured will be available for publicity appearances and interviews.From Booklist:
Gr. 5-8. Of the nearly 300,000 deaths caused by the 2004 tsunami, more than a third were children. Working with personal accounts of survivors and rescue workers, writers retell some of the harrowing accounts. Other authors imagine events that could have occurred, based on known facts. The 16 selections portray the horrific event as experienced by children of various ages in a variety of settings. Although some are more successful than others, all the pieces put a child's face on a disaster of enormous proportions. Black-and-white reproductions of children's art introduce each narrative; a middle section of full-color pictures depicts the nightmare through their eyes. An introductory map identifies affected countries, and appended pages add information about the relief and rescue charities that will benefit from the sale of this book. This British publication features writers from the UK and uses English references, but it will enrich science and social studies units in U.S. classrooms. Linda Perkins
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