Book 55

Jun. 19th, 2013 03:00 pm
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55) AFTER.  edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
anthology of YA dystopian lit stories.
e-book read on Nook.
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12) Simon, Scott. PRETTY BIRDS. Random House: 2005.  351p

Irena Zaric, a high-school basketball star in Sarajevo, is more preoccupied with game strategy and an affair with her coach than with her Muslim ethnicity. But when the Bosnian Serbs begin their campaign of ethnic cleansing, Irena and her parents find themselves among throngs of Muslims brutalized and driven from their homes. They take refuge in her grandmother's apartment and begin a regime for survival that has the father digging ditches for the military. Irena brings home beer and cigarettes from an ersatz job in a brewery that provides cover for a team of snipers led by Tedic, a Muslim with a knack for spotting talent he can use. Irena becomes disturbingly good at her task, growing a veneer of cynicism even as she pores over outdated Western magazines for fashion news and the latest antics of Madonna and Michael Jackson. Simon, who has covered the siege of Sarajevo for NPR, puts the events in a war-torn land into human perspective with memorable characters struggling with issues of ethnicity, survival, friendship, and betrayal. --Vanessa Bush Copyright 2005 Booklist

Am participating in the library's READ the World challenge; my goal is to read books set in or written by authors from 40 different countries and 7 Continents. 
So far, I've "visited" 5 nations :
Netherlands
Bosnia
France
USSR
Turkey

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