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Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan



I listened to this book on audiotape and am glad that I did because it can be a tough read with the native language used often.  Also, the reader on the audio does a great job with dialect and it helps set the mood.

This book is a collection of three short stories, all that involve children in different African countries struggling with something.  I listened to these stories twice because they were so raw.  The first one depicts a very young girl who witnesses a tragedy caused by racial disputes in her village.  The second story is about an adolescent boy who struggles with the dynamic of his family and their economic status, and the last story is about a young girl who is forced to leave her best friend because of religious differences.  The reader can truly see these events through the eyes of children.  Akpan tells the story by showing very well.  Because these are children who don’t have knowledge of the adult world, it’s interesting to see such mature events occur to them from their perspective.  I highly recommend this book.  It’s short and so raw that the stories will stick with me forever.  Kudos to Akpan on this one!

Because I listened to this one, I did not record any quotes.




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