Caminar

Caminar

Caminar Set in Guatemala a lyrical debut novel tells the powerful tale of a boy who must decide what it means to be a man during a time of war Carlos knows that when the soldiers arrive with warnings ab

  • Title: Caminar
  • Author: Skila Brown
  • ISBN: 9780763665166
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Set in 1981 Guatemala, a lyrical debut novel tells the powerful tale of a boy who must decide what it means to be a man during a time of war Carlos knows that when the soldiers arrive with warnings about the Communist rebels, it is time to be a man and defend the village, keep everyone safe But Mama tells him not yet he s still her quiet moonfaced boy The soldiers lauSet in 1981 Guatemala, a lyrical debut novel tells the powerful tale of a boy who must decide what it means to be a man during a time of war Carlos knows that when the soldiers arrive with warnings about the Communist rebels, it is time to be a man and defend the village, keep everyone safe But Mama tells him not yet he s still her quiet moonfaced boy The soldiers laugh at the villagers, and before they move on, a neighbor is found dangling from a tree, a sign on his neck Communist Mama tells Carlos to run and hide, then try to find her Numb and alone, he must join a band of guerillas as they trek to the top of the mountain where Carlos s abuela lives Will he be in time, and brave enough, to warn them about the soldiers What will he do then A novel in verse inspired by actual events during Guatemala s civil war, Caminar is the moving story of a boy who loses nearly everything before discovering who he really is.

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    Survivor’s guilt. Not the most common theme in children’s books these days. Not unheard of certainly, but it definitely doesn’t crop up as often as, say, stories about cupcakes or plucky orphans that have to defeat evil wizards. Serious works of fiction do well when award season comes along, but that’s only because those few that garner recognition are incredibly difficult to write. I’ll confess to you that when I first encountered Caminar by Skila Brown I heard it was about a kid surv [...]

    Spoiler-free summary:Written entirely in free-verse poetry, Caminar, the debut novel from Skila Brown is the story of Carlos and the remote Guatemalan village he called home. Caught in the midst of the Guatemala’s brutal 36-year civil war, Carlos must learn how to survive after everything he knows is wrenched away from him. Part coming-of-age story, part historical fiction, Caminar offers a lyrical glimpse into rural Guatemala’s troubled past and one boy’s ability to say, “I remember.” [...]

    Review Copy: Hard Copy from PublisherIt's probably not news to you, but April was poetry month. Being a teacher, that means I have been reading a large amount of poetry lately. I also posted a list of novels in verse last month which got me wondering why they appeal to me so much. I’ve heard many readers ask why books are in that format and make comments about how they sometimes don’t even seem like poetry or that they think readers may not understand novels in verse. I am not sure why they [...]

    [I read this book at the same time I read Finding Oscar and the review deals with both of them. Apologies if this is confusing.]Both Finding Oscar and Caminar focus on the decades-long genocide in Guatemala, purportedly anti-Communist and strongly supported by the U.S. government. Both are set in the early 1980s. Both are novella-length. Each centers around a boy who survives the massacre of his village.Finding Oscar is non-fiction, an extension of what originated as a journalistic investigation [...]

    I'll say straight off that I was disappointed to find this was a novel in verse, not only because that isn't usually my thing, but because I was looking forward to a really in-depth visit to Guatemala (one of my favorite places). I think that's one of the main frustrations I have with verse novels--you get a lot of what the protagonist is thinking and doing, but not as much about other characters or events or setting. Most of them leave me feeling like I've only read half of a story. Sometimes t [...]

    Under-read, under appreciated, and under discussed, Caminar describes the changes in a young boy's life during the Guatemalan civil war. Given the number of Guatemalan immigrants in the United States, the topic is necessary, and this book should be in classrooms. The subject matter is honest but not grisly, and the text level is solidly middle grade, which is to say about 5th or 6th.Skila Brown's poetry style deserves special praise. Lazy writers create narrative poetry by writing sentences and [...]

    Set in 1981 during the Guatemalan Civil War, this novel in verse tells the story of Carlos, a village boy who is thrust into the middle of a war that is not his or his people’s. Told from Carlos’s point of view, the poems range from calm and fluid to racing and intense, simulating Carlos’s experiences and creating an extremely emotional read. Mastery of poetic devices (rhythm, repetitions, arrangement) and vivid language make this reading experience a standout. This one will make you and y [...]

    Reminiscent of All the Broken Pieces and other novels in verse about children experiencing incredibly difficult circumstances (also Never Fall Down, which isn't in verse but I thought of it as I was reading this). The history of Guatemala was somewhat known to me, but a first-person account of a tragedy such as this makes it visceral. I felt strongly for Carlos, his mother and his village. The poetry used not only words but shapes and spaces to convey meaning.

    Set in rural Guatemala, this story relates how a young boy, Carlos, survives the massacre of the people of his village by soldiers while he is in the mountains picking mushrooms for soup. Telling the story in verse from his viewpoint vividly brings out the horror, disbelief, and guilt he feels that he couldn't help his people. I don't know if I could have survived the way he did, sleeping in trees and eating roots and berries. Pair this book with Ben Mikaelsen's Tree Girl, also set in the same t [...]

    A novel in poems, set in Guatemala in the 1980's.Carlos is a happy boy, living a peaceful life in a close-knit mountain village. But when the military attacks his defenseless community, Carlos must flee. Caminar is his long walk through the forest, evading dangers and traveling toward his abuela who lives on the mountaintop.A sad story, but one that makes some complicated (and often forgotten) American history accessible and personal. I like the short chapters in verse and the skilled use of Spa [...]

    Skila Brown’s debut novel in verse tells the heartbreaking story of Carlos, who is forced from his devastated village and treks up a mountainside to save his grandmother and her neighbors from a similar fate.One thing that struck me most was Brown’s ability to create a touching coming-of-age narrative set in such tragic events. The novel is not graphic, although the topic is brutal. And while it is a civil war, fueled by politics, Brown does not support or condemn any side. Instead, more tha [...]

    Wow!In the beginning of the book I didn't liked the Note to the Reader, because that was like a light way to resume what happened, but after I finished reading the book and I read it again, I liked it a little bit.I think that the abstract of this story wasn't what I saw, it is much more than that. Maybe that abstract will make others dislike it at first impression. But when opening the book, that abstract would be erased from their minds.The book for me was mind-blowing, I enjoyed every poem li [...]

    This poetry book was very good! I liked how it brought in elements from the actual fighting going on in Guatemala from 1960-1996. This topic needs more light shined on it because I was unaware that this even happened until I read this book! 200,000 innocent people lost their lives and I couldn't even comprehend that 15 people died every day adding up to 5,555 per year. This book was overall a great read and a great choice for our 8th grade poetry unit! I cannot believe I finished it in one day! [...]

    A compelling historical novel exploring violence and loss set during the Guatemalan Civil War in 1981 and told in free verse from the perspective of a young indigenous boy. See also Tree Girl by Ben Mikaelsen (Harper, 2004).

    I've read Caminar twice now. It is haunting and beautiful and will get you right in the feels. One advantage of a free verse novel is it can be read quickly, even by middle grade standards, so I was able to read it once for comprehension, and once for appreciation. Part of me is excited to see a subject as serious as this can be presented in a middle grade book, and the other part hates to label Caminar as middle grade lest some readers view it as just a book for kids. This is a book of serious [...]

    Caminar is a powerful look into a conflict that I previously had no knowlege of. When thinking of the Latin American political wars of the late 20th century, the American mind tends to generalize, focusing only on the big names and huge statistics. However, this book provides a look into the personal effects of the Guatemalan guerrilla war on Carlos, a boy trying to become a man while being torn between fighting with the rebels and protecting his culture and the village of Patrichál. The verse [...]

    Skila Brown uses eloquent, emotional free-verse writing to bring Carlos's heartbreaking story to life. While Carlos and his particular village are fiction, the violence and loss of life depicted in Caminar truly did happen during the Guatemalan Civil War. Carlos represents many young children who were left as orphans and faced really difficult decisions on where to live and whether to fight against the government. Death, especially the kind that occurred during the Guatemalan Civil War, is often [...]

    A very compelling story, especially since it's based on real-life events. I really appreciated the narrative arc and would give this book 4 stars for that aspect. However, I really wasn't a fan of the style of poetry found in this book. (Or rather, styles; it jumps between concrete poetry to poetry for two voices and a host of other styles.) I found the formatting distracting sometimes. A great story, and I still think it "worked" in poetry, but it didn't have the same lyrical beauty as, say, Ou [...]

    I bought this because of the eyes peeking out of the leaves on the cover - didn't know anything else about it - which is my son's favorite way to choose books so they are total surprises - but I have to say, I always doubted his methods. Until now. Told in free verse, this is historical fiction about a boy who survives an attack on his village in Guatemala in 1981 during the civil war that had already been waging for decades and would continue to do so for decades more. These poems - every word [...]

    This very moving tale of the civil war in Guatemala is related by a young boy named Carlos. When his village is destroyed by government forces, Carlos must decide whether to join the rebels or return to search for his family. The poetic form allows plenty of space for his strong emotions to shine through. This will probably send readers scrambling to learn more about this conflict.

    Evocative tale of yet another fucking human disaster. This time the genocide and the destruction of pueblos, generations and dreams during the Civil War in Guatemala in the 80s. Sweet, subtle and heartbreaking.I also recommend watching the documentary "Finding Oscar". It shows the terrible damage of war in a country that is beginning to investigate and prosecute some of the responsibles.

    1981. Guatemala. Told in verse, the story of young Carlos whose entire village is erased during the Army vs the Guerrilla endless battle for control of Guatemala. Very helpful historical fiction about an event I never understood growing up.

    In Guatemala in 1981 a coup overtook the government. Carlos was a small boy whose mother knew that he was too young to join the soldiers to fight in protection of his country. A sweet story about his bravery in helping others to stay safe.

    This one was excellent! First I thought I'd hate it because I've never been into poetry at all, but Caminar is actually more like a novel despite the poetic look of its pages. It's a story about a boy, his village, the guerilla and the army in Guatemala in 1981. I finished it in one go!

    This story was beautifully written and deals with a very difficult subject. I felt the author did a great job of staying true to the subject's seriousness while still making it understandable for a younger audience.

    I didn't love this as much as I had been told I would. Very simply told, but about a horrific event (fictional) during the Guatemalan civil war.

    Book in free verseI found it hard to get inton't know if it was my mood.Language: NoneSex: NoneViolence: War violence

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