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One boy from Kosovo
Marx, Trish.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
24 pages : color map, color illustrations ; 25 x 29 cm
Tells the story of Edi Fejzullahu and his family, Albanians who fled their home in Kosovo to live in a Macedonian refugee camp when the Serbs adopted a policy of ethnic cleansing against Albanians.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.0 1.0 36666.
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DR2087 .M37 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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When war drove twelve-year-old Edi and his family from their home in Kosovo, they fled across the Macedonian border to the Brazda refugee camp, a tent city that housed almost thirty thousand people. There the family shared a tent with more than twenty other people, with no kitchen, no running water, and no school for Edi to attend. Instead he helped out with the younger kids, played soccer with the other boys, and ran errands, such as waiting in the long lines for food and fresh water. Everybody was waiting in Brazda -- for news about relatives, for the war to end, for the day when they could finally go home again.

Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2001, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. In the spring of 1999, 12-year-old Kosovo Albanian Edmond (Edi) Fejzullahu and his family fled their home in Gnjilane for Stankovac 1, a refugee camp in Macedonia. Marx and Cindy Karp, who took the photos for this book, lived with the family for several days, documenting Edi's story as well as the plight of others who fled their homeland. The writing is clear and concise; Marx begins with an explanation of the Kosovo conflict and then recounts Edi's story with affection and calm. Although they have experienced horrors that most readers will never know, Edi and his family come across as very normal. Edi especially enjoys volunteering at the children's center, where he helps younger children paint and draw. Karps' crisp color photos help personalize the refugee experience--whether they portray a vast sea of tents, people standing in line to wait for food rations, or Edi and his father playing basketball. Appended with an epilogue that clarifies what happened to the Fejzullahus (they returned to their home in Gnjilane after the war), this makes an excellent introduction to the political backdrop and the human side of the Kosovo conflict and will be welcome in any library. --Kay Weisman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Marx and Karp document the life of ethnic Albanian Edi Fejzullahu, 12, and his family as they resided in a refugee camp in Macedonia. A brief introduction gives some background on the conflict in Kosovo, but includes erroneous statements such as, "Shortly before hostilities broke out, the new Yugoslavia had joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-." Then readers are introduced to Edi and given a cursory view of his happy pre-refugee life. They learn that he went to school with Serbian children, but not how he was treated by them or what language they spoke. The remainder of the book focuses on the family's flight from their home in Gnjilane and details their stay in Brazda. The pluck and positive attitudes of the family are emphasized as they endured the monotony of life and chores while worrying about the fate of their relatives. Although the writing is clear, the narrative lacks immediacy. The full-color photos are sharp and often show the joy that a family can find even under dire circumstances, and this is important. However, the grim side of refugee life has to be surmised mainly from a few sad and stoic-looking faces. There is no sense of the spring mud or the summer dust and all of the photos are shot under sunny, blue skies. Nonetheless, the author and photographer are to be commended for bringing the topic to the attention of middle school students.-Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.