The Day War Came by Nicola Davies
This is a hard book to review. For an adult it easily induced grief and was appropriately distressing for the topic it’s covering–displacement of children during times of war, the difficulties of finding acceptance as a refugee child.
I can’t be sure how it would hold up to a child, though–the loss of the family seemed to be an important point to me. But for the child-narrator of the story, she couldn’t even give words to the feelings. The story moves quickly–there is no stop for mourning. It’s a stark account–the illustrations show smoke-filled settings and blockish but emotive human figures.
Overall, I find the book successful, and it would be an excellent one to spark a conversation with children on acceptance and empathy.
(I won this from the LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer giveaway.)