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Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti summary Ê 100 Ö Ten year old orphan Libète has been hardened by the daily struggle to survive in Cité Soleil Haiti’s most infamous slum But when she and her best friend Jak discover a young mother and her baby brutally murdered in a nearby marsh it’s unlike anything she’s encountered before ThoTen year old orphan Libète has been hardened by the daily struggle to survive in Cité Soleil Haiti’s most infamous slum But when she and her best friend Jak discover a young mother and her baby brutally murdered in a nearby marsh it’s unlike anyth. This book's greatest strength is in the character development of the protagonist; Oswald does a remarkable job here The portrayal of Haiti is also fascinating I didn't find much new here but the descriptions were accurate from what I understand and vivid The weakness was the mystery that forms the backbone of this novel it wasn't particularly mysterious and wrapped up too conveniently and in my opinion unrealistically I also found some of the accessory characters a bit too stereotypical

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Ing she’s encountered before Though initially shocked the adults of Cité Soleil move on uickly from the event; after all death is commonplace in this community Undaunted Libète takes action with Jak in tow plunging herself into a dangerous far reach. Very sad and powerful story

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Because We Are A Novel of HaitiIng plot that will change her irrevocably and threaten everything she holds dear Because We Are is a profound and mesmerizing tale of a young girl’s search for justice in an unjust world set against the vivid and tumultuous backdrop of modern day Hait. Grim and gripping and sad Because We Are is a work of social consciousness that cuts deep At first the parallels to Flavia de Luce seemed to leap to the fore a plucky young heroine attempts to solve murders and puts herself into ridiculously dangerous situations while doing so all in defiance of police orders to keep out of things There's even an Inspector Hewlett arch typical figure although this Dimanche is cut from sterner stuff as one would expect of a Haitian police officer attempting to preside over the snarling mess that is Cité Soleil But the longer I read the those parallels seemed to recede While the Flavia de Luce novels entertain this novel attempts to educate While this is not necessarily heavy handed or distracting from the story it is certainly overt According the the blurb Oswald worked on this novel while living in Haiti and it shows In every line is etched the stark reality of life in such a place The characters are true to the culture their voices and reactions pitch perfect Although the children are very occasionally too wise for their years readers will find themselves so gripped with the story that they are willing to forgive this minor issue When it comes to the way in which the story's timeline was unveiled I'm a bit less forgiving Although I think I understand why Oswald chose to tell the story in such a fragmented way I will confess that I found the constant effort to keep track of the timeline to be hard going Recommended especially for those who have spent any amount of time in Haiti Although the country's woes are rife with human drama there really aren't many English novels set there Though not recommended for bleeding hearts sensitive souls or anyone who finds language violence and frank descriptions of the seamy underbelly of an inner city slum to be off putting