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The Red Pencil

by Andrea Davis Pinkney
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Amira, look at me, Muma insists.She collects both my hands in hers.The Janjaweed attack without warning.If ever they come--run.Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in Nyala--Amiras one true dream.But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. T