I Learned A New Word Today....Genocide
I Learned a New Word Today ... Genocide
I Learned A New Word Today....Genocide
Elizabeth Hankins
Javier Mendoza has learned a new word and he does not like it. As his fifth grade class explores the shocking history of countries ranging from Armenia to Sudan, Javier realizes that the past—and even the present—is telling him a story that he cannot ignore. Then he overhears a conversation that triggers a mysterious chain of events at his school. Now Javier is faced with the reality that no one is immune to the consequences of genocide. And perhaps everyone has a responsibility to help end it, even himself.

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Through any eyes, genocide is an awful crime, but through the eyes of Javier Mendoza, genocide is unbearable. When a genocide curriculum is introduced to Javier's fifth grade class, Javier begins to see just exactly how genocide affects the human race. From an upset parent to a genocide victim, Javier is inspired to help stop genocide. This very informative book covers different genocides from the last century and explores the roots of genocide. Any reader wishing to broaden their scope of global understanding and human suffering would do well to pick this book and give it a read.

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