Carey, Peter "True History of the Kelly Gang" - 2001
#6Degrees of Separation:
from True History of the Kelly Gang to The Glass Castle
I haven't always read the starter book of this challenge, but this time I have. If I hadn't read it, I probably would have gone with a story about a gangster, a villain. But since I did, I see it in a different way. The Kelly kids had a bad upbringing. When he was twelve, Ned Kelly lost his father and had to care for five younger and two elder siblings.
I have read quite a few books like that and I could put them together in all sorts of different ways, geographically, whether they had just terrible parents or grew up in a society that didn't give them a chance. Or whether they led a decent life in the end or ended up in prison. I just thought, the easiest way was to go by alphabet.
Abulhawa, Susan "Mornings in Jenin" - 2010
This is a heartbreaking novel that shows hatred and tear but also love and joy, that shows how people struggle even through the biggest hardships and some make it through nevertheless. You will no longer see the world in Black and White, the Palestinians as the bad guys and the Jews as the poor people who only want peace.
Ashworth, Andrea "Once in a House on Fire" - 1999
The author describes her youth in a penniless household full of violence and other problems. Her depressive mother sends the family through a series of stepfathers, none of whom can be describe as "normal" family members. I just admire Andrea for what she achieved despite all the problems.
Cullen, Bill "It’s a Long Way From Penny Apples" - 2003
The story of an Irish boy who grew up in poverty and made it to one of the top businessmen in Ireland.
Frandi-Coory, Anne "Whatever Happened to Ishtar?: A Passionate Quest To Find Answers For Generations Of Defeated Mothers" - 2010
How much can a person endure? This heart-rendering account the author's life is a proof that we can live through a lot of hardship and still turn out to be passionate and affectionate people.
Ung, Loung "First They Killed My Father. A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" - 2000
The author told the story from her perspective as a child and how she changed during that time. How much she had to go through, the death of her family and much more.
Walls, Jeannette "The Glass Castle" - 2005
What would you do if your childhood was more than extraordinary, when you tried everything to escape it and finally manage to get out? From growing up on the street to becoming a top journalist, the author describes her amazing life.
Most of these books teach us a couple of things: War is bad! But often not doing good things is just as negative as doing bad things, like not helping your neighbours or anyone you know who is in a difficult situation can be just as terrible, especially for the children who live among us. We should all try to be nicer and more helpful to anyone who might need it.
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