by Adam Bagdasarian
In this award-winning novel about the Armenian Genocide, Vahan Kenderian is living a life of privilege as the youngest son of a wealthy Armenian family in the Ottoman Empire. This secure world is shattered when some family members are whisked away, while others are murdered before his eyes. Vahan loses his home and family, and is forced to live a life he would never have dreamed of in order to survive. Somehow, Vahan’s strength and resilience help him endure, even knowing that each day could be his last. This engaging story brings to life the harrowing experiences of the Armenian Genocide. Due to the frank depictions of violence, this book is not recommended for younger readers.