J. L. Powers
Through My Eyes series
Allen & Unwin 2013 $19.99pb 183pp
ISBN 978 1 7433 1249 0
Themes: Civil war/ Mogadishu/ Somalia/ Street art/ Survival
At heart Amina is an artist; she paints and writes poetry and life, in spite of the Civil War in Somalia, is as good as it can be. Then her father is arrested, her brother abducted and with a frail grandmother and a pregnant mother it is over to Amina to support her family. She turns to Street Art that tries to show the situation in her country and to make some money. It is a dangerous thing to do.
This is one of a series of stories based on truth that aim to show children living in contemporary conflict zones.
For an interesting interview with the author, Google J.L. Powers AminaYear 7 up/ Age 11 up