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Free? Stories about Human Rights

by Amnesty International 

Published by U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2010
202 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7636-4703-2

Ages 11 and older

Fifteen short stories from a variety of authors illuminate individual articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. All of the stories show how the articles relate to events that are part of the lives of children and teens in places around the world. There is sly humor in some, everyday drama or slowly unfolding horror in others. Each story is strongly grounded in the perspective and experience of an older child or teenager in this inspired collection that invites readers to question how freely they live their own lives, and how freely others are able to live theirs. The stories are set in the United Kingdom, several African nations, Russia, the Middle East, the United States, and elsewhere. They cover topics ranging from bullying to colonialism, refugees to Hurricane Katrina, child slavery to choosing one’s own friends, and more. Brief biographies of the contributors, and the complete Universal Declaration of Human Rights, are included.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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