Dorros, Arthur. Under the sun.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

DORROS, Arthur. Under the sun. Abrams, Amulet. 217p. map. c2004. 0-8109-4933-4. $16.95. J

It's hard to realize that the war in Bosnia is ancient history now for YAs. Dorros returns to that conflict to create a story of survival, as his protagonist Ehmet journeys across the war-torn countryside finding refuge. Ehmet's father is a Muslim and his mother is a Croat. When Sarajevo becomes too dangerous, 13-year-old Ehmet and his mother leave to find safety with Croatian relatives. Instead of safety, they meet only more danger: Ehmet's mother is attacked (rape is never spelled out, but implied) and becomes withdrawn and ill, later to die of pneumonia. Ehmet has to depend on the kindness of strangers; he has a brief reunion with schoolmates at a refugee camp; and he journeys to a village where orphans are safe. This village is based on an actual place.


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