Deep, Deep Down by Lydia Lukidis          
Deep, Deep Down
Meet the author
Lydia Lukidis
(Ages 7-11)

Michel Chikwanine & Jessica Dee Humphreys

Dear Reader,

When I was five years old, my friends and I were kidnapped from our schoolyard and forced to become child soldiers as part of an ongoing war in my home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Even though I was just a little kid, I managed to escape and make my way back to my family. So many of the others kidnapped that day weren't as lucky. In fact, children all over the world continue to be used as soldiers in armed conflict.

I wrote this graphic novel for two reasons: 1. To make sure kids ages 10 and up know about the ongoing use of child soldiers worldwide, and 2. To honor my father, who was assassinated because of his activism when I was twelve. He would want me to share my story.

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Michel Chikwanine
Child Soldiers / Michel Chikwanine & Jessica Dee Humphreys / CitizenKid/Kids Can Press

Price: $17.95 / ISBN: 978-1771381260 / Published: February, 2016

Ages 10-14 / Graphic Novel/Memoir