Under the Sun
Under the Sun (Amulet)
Under the Sun
Arthur Dorros
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Part My Side of the Mountain and part The Red Badge of Courage, a gripping journey of survival across a country at warFrom Arthur Dorros, author of many highly-acclaimed picture books, comes this thrilling first novel. Thirteen-year-old Ehmet, separated from his parents by the violence in his native Bosnia, travels alone across the country to a place he's heard rumors of, a village of children living in peace. Along the way, Ehmet uses all his skills, remembered and read, to find food, shelter, direction, and a new life for himself. This important and timely book, based on extensive travel and research, shows readers the cost of war and the importance of young people in building peace. Praise for Under the Sun"With vivid description and telling detail that speaks of the extensive research, Dorros pulls the reader into a fictional story that has the chilling ring of truth."--The Oregonian"A story that transcends setting to chronicle the adaptability and creativity of young adults everywhere."--Pages Magazine"The facts are astonishing, and the contemporary war docunovel will grab readers."--Booklist

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Educational
  • Environment
  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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This book is about a thirteen year old boy named Ehmet who must be brave and leave his war damaged country of Bosnia. Ehmet goes to live in a village where people work together to make it a nice place to live with no wars to face. Ehmet must learn to go on with life and leave his sorrows behind. He also learns to have courage to have to leave his childhood memories and pieces of himself.

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Ehmet lives in the Bosnian town of Sarajevo. During the war, the Yugoslav army and snipers had been firing at everyone there. Food, gas, and supplies were very limited due to the robbing of stores and the fact that stores were forced to go out of business. Then, his family decides to go to his aunt and uncle's house but his father stays and sends Ehmet and his mother ahead. Some men come to his aunt's house and his mother and Ehmet barely escape. His mother gets sick and dies on their way to his grandparents' house. He has to make it alone the rest of the way.

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