THE AFGHANISTAN PUP

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Writ­ten and il­lus­trated by Mark Wil­son ( Loth­ian, hard­cover, $ 24.99)

AU­THOR/ il­lus­tra­tor Mark Wil­son has pre­vi­ously tack­led the is­sue of war in his pic­ture books My Mother’s Eyes: The Story of a Boy Sol­dier, An­gel of Kokoda and Viet­nam Diary. In his lat­est book, he turns his at­ten­tion to Afghanistan and tells the story of a Ki­nah, an Afghani girl strug­gling to gain an ed­u­ca­tion, and of a young Aus­tralian sol­dier, far from home and putting his life on the line ev­ery day. Their lives are linked by an or­phaned puppy who faces his own strug­gles to sur­vive.

Wil­son’s pow­er­ful il­lus­tra­tions and poignant story de­pict the tragedy of war, and how it dev­as­tates the lives of ev­ery­one it touches. Yet among the rub­ble, loss and pain, there is still hope and love.

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