Novels in verse always hold a special place in my heart. Something about the beauty of poetry flowing through a storyline will always draw me. The magic of novels in verse is illustrated in Andrea Davis Pinkney’s novel Red Pencil.
It tells the story of Amira, a Sudanese girl, who longs to go to school but must instead escape her country’s war-torn scene to journey to a refugee camp. Amira’s voice comes through beautifully and the short poems never seem detached or lifeless. It’s so eye-opening to follow Amira on her quest and experience her hopes and dreams.
For those of us who live in America it can be hard to realize how vital education is because we can access it so easily. This novel expertly demonstrates the hunger we must all have for education, it shows the value of knowledge and the right of all people to learn. I’d definitely recommend this quick but impactful novel.