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PRIX 12/17 (Brive/Montréal)
This is the story of 17-year-old Karim and his experiences in the civil war of his native Lebanon and his subsequent emigration to Quebec. Karim sees death strike people he is close to, especially Nada and Maha, as a result of the war. At first he feels responsible for their deaths but comes to terms with his feelings after a stay in hospital. The story deals with the issues of love, family, war, exile and ultimately hope in a sensitive and realistic way. A beautiful book on the folly of war.
Courtesy of: Éditions Québec/Amérique
What happens when you manage the impossible feat of proving that hens have teeth? Incredible adventures, in this case. The author uses humour and sensitivity to tell a story that has elements of both medieval tales of chivalry and modern fantasy.
Renaud sits up in bed. The hen has escaped from her big box by chewing a hole the size of her body through it. In her wandering about the house, she bites through the toaster cord and causes a short circuit. Worse yet, the precious hen has received an electrical shock. Now how can Renaud prove that hens have teeth, with a chicken that has been electrocuted and is as black as a burnt turkey?
Courtesy of: Éditions du Boréal 1992