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*The Day of the Pelican* by Katherine Paterson- young readers book review
The Day of the Pelican
by Katherine Paterson
Ages 10-14 160 pages Clarion Books October 2009 Hardcover    

This is the story of Meli Lleshi, a young girl growing up in a country filled with hate and undercurrents of war. Meli lives with her family in a small apartment in Kosovo. Her family is Albanian and consists of her parents and her siblings - older brother, Mehmet; younger brothers, Isuf and Adil; and her younger sister, Vlora.

Meliís older brother wishes to fight for his country and is restless to be involved in the politics and fight for his nation. Mehmetís father is a quiet man who tries to protect his family from the dangers that lurk just outside their door.

When young Mehmet is kidnapped following an episode at school that results in Meliís detention, Meli is sure that she has caused her brotherís disappearance. When Mehmet reappears and tells his story, the family determines that it is time to leave their beloved country and move to a safer place, but where will that be?

As in the book Lyddie, the author presents a window on a specific time in history and allows the reader to travel with her to that time. This story shows what happened during the Serbian war and provides a new perspective into a more familiar time in the United States. As always, Paterson has captured the characters of Meli and her family in a way that makes them real to the reader and makes their problems our problems.

Award-winning author Katherine Paterson has written many adolescent novels that continue to be favorites, such as Jacob Have I Loved, Bridge To Teribithia and The Great Gilly Hopkins.
 
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