Though fiction, it’s a vivid look at what actually happened and still happens in Gulu, Uganda. McKay based this book on interviews with child soldiers, abducted from schools and from their families, who were forced to kill or be killed. These children escaped and returned to their homeland. But while they attempt to lead a normal life, they continue to carry the horrific memories with them.
The topic, transgender, is just beginning to be openly discussed in society. If you are, or know someone who is transgender, this book not only described the various aspects of transgender but portrays it through authentic stories. In order to accept transgender teens, it’s important to understand who they are. This book definitely provides that information.
Please don’t judge this book by its cover! The story is set in London which offers a unique cast of characters, the main one being Mira, of course! This is what I call a Kleenex book, surprisingly sad but with a rich mix of teen emotions in a period of two months. The story is part of a journal assignment for writing group, giving an intimate peek into Mira’s private thoughts about herself, her friends, her family, and her first love. A great read!
Lilac is the daughter of a multi-millionaire and Tarver is a soldier. While traveling on the spacecraft Icarus, an accident in hyperspace results in the death of everyone on board except Lilac and Traver who escape in a pod and become stranded on what they think is on uninhabited planet. What begins as a test of survival soon turns into love. When they find the means to contact rescue ships they ask the questions: do they really want to leave?