Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson

Grades 5 and up.

Fictionalized story of the Kosovo civil war between the Albanians and the Serbs. Very sad, but not gory or war-violent enough to make it off-limits for 5th graders. (Drita, My Homegirl is a much lighter touch on this subject, so maybe recommend Pelican to anyone who liked this book and wants to read more, or a younger reader. Last year’s SSYRA title Diamonds in the Shadow is a much darker look at another civil war.)

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