Narrated by two teenage boys on opposing sides of the conflict between the Burmese government and the Karenni, one of Burma's many ethnic minorities, this coming-of-age novel takes place against the political and military backdrop of modern-day Burma.
"With authenticity, insight, and compassion, Perkins delivers another culturally rich coming-of-age novel."
--School Library Journal
"Perkins seamlessly blends cultural, political, religious, and philosophical context into her story, which is distinguished by humor, astute insights into human nature, and memorable characters."
"I loved it! It's better than Hunger Games!"
--a teen reader at The Voracious Reader in Larchmont, New York
"Author Mitali Perkins exposes a major global issue, perhaps less known to juvenile readers, through an unassuming narration, and in doing so, creates an original work that will leave a lasting impression with readers of all ages."
"Exciting, tense, often beautiful, and containing a moral without whapping you upside the head with it, Mitali Perkins yet again hits it out of the park."
--A Fuse #8 Production
"This is elegant storytelling."