Allayne L. Webster
Genre: War stories
Age: 12 +
Date of Publication: September 2014
Reviewer: Donna Clark
How resourceful would you become if war had broken out in your country and you had no running water, electricity and food was in short supply? Paper Planes by Allyayne L. Webster is a story about a family in Sarajevo whose lives will never be the same again. The story is through the eyes of eleven year old Niko as he tries to make sense of everything happening around him. The simple pleasures in life are slowly taken away from them. This story is about the strong ties and love that this family have and how they will do anything to survive. The parents will sacrifice everything to make sure their three children are safe. They must take a huge risk and send them away to start a new life, praying that they will make it and have some kind of a future in another country not knowing when or if they will ever see each other again. The only escape available to the children is a long, dark tunnel that leads to a hopeful, new beginning.
It is based on the true story of Jarko Dobes and the terrible war in Bosnia that the Bosnian people did not want. They ask themselves, why is this happening and the rest of the world is letting it go on? Is history repeating itself as it did with the Nazis? Why is the rest of the world doing nothing to help? I was amazed by the resilience of the human spirit and just how far people will go to survive.
This book would be an excellent resource for classes studying human rights and anyone interested in world history. A quick, easy read that would suit boys and girls that is highly recommended. Teacher notes are available at: http://www.allaynewebster.com/paper-planes.html