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The Red Pencil
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What birthday wish did Muma whisper to Amira?
"Blessings for all the years to come, Amira" p. 2
At age 6, whose tooth did Amira pull?
Her close friend, Halima p. 7
Upon turning 12, what is Amira excited to finally be able to wear?
A toob p. 2
Because he's determined to find something more and looking for oppoortunity, where does Helima's father move his family?
the city of Nyala p. 9
Why is Helima excited about moving to Nyala?
Her parents will be able to send her to Gad Primary School with the extra money they make. p. 11
What bet does Dando make with their neighbor, Old Anwar?
Who can grow the most tomatoes by picking time. p. 16
What new chore came for Amira upon turning 12?
raking cow plop to put at the base of the crops p. 25
Who is Leila?
Amira's little sister p. 33
How old is Leila?
4 p. 33
What does Amira call the new pointy twig her father brought her for her birthday for making her sand pictures?
her turning-twelve twig p. 32
What is the silliest bit from Amira's birth story?
the okra p. 30
What does the curse of the "hiding moon" mean?
the worst luck is sure to fall p. 34
What was Amira's families' first knowing that Leila would somehow be different?
the moon was tucked into the sky's deepest pockets p. 38
What was the first thing Amira noticed about Leila?
her bowed misshapen legs p. 40
What did Dando call it when Leila and the lamb were both born under the same sky?
Double Joy, each of them treasures p. 42
How did Farha's lamb, Nali get her name?
when Leila wailed, that was the sound she made p. 43
Who was Gamal?
a spirited village boy Leila met that was her same age p. 44
What did Leila do with the crutches Old Anwar made her?
jammed them in the sand as goalposts for games p. 47
What is "goz"?
the sand all around p. 52
What does Muma tell Amira "Janjaweed" means?
(bad people) "devils on horseback" p. 58,59
What is the favorite game Amira and Dando play?
"What else is possible?" p. 62
What is the only rule to the game "What else is possible"?
the answer can only be something good p. 62
What does Old Anwar tell Dando he should teach Amira?
to read p. 68
What does Muma tell Amira to try on, that will be hers someday?
Muma's wedding toob p. 82
What does Amira know about the melon belly she has discovered on Nali?
Nali will soon give birth to a baby lamb p. 84,85
What is a haboob?
a sandstorm p. 86
During the haboob, why does Amira refuse to go inside?
she is looking for Nali p. 90
After the haboob was gone, where did Amira find Nali?
Muma had managed to get her in the house p. 94
What did Amira name Nali's baby lamb?
Flitter p. 104
What does Amira find out the earsplitting sounds of hammering bangs in the village is?
the attack of the Janjaweed p. 110
What happened to Nali and Flitter during the attack of the Janjaweed?
They perished in the fire of the livestock pen p. 112,120
What happened to Dando?
He was shot and killed by the Janjaweed p. 112,114
How does Old Anwar treat the burns on Gamal's face?
patches his burns with a root poultice p. 117
When Amira's family leaves the village after the attack of the Janjaweed, what is the only thing Amira takes?
her twig p. 121
What is the ration of food the children are given while traveling?
peanuts, rice and corn p. 129
What two groups of people did Anwar say were in the war over land and rights?
the Africans and Arabs p. 132
While on the journey from the village, what did Amira become upset over?
losing her turning-twelve twig p.133
When Amira, Muma, Leila and Anwar arrive at Kalma, what did the sign say?
DISPLACED PEOPLE'S CAMP p. 138
What is the house at Kalma made of?
rice bag scraps p. 142
What happened to Amira after they reached Kalma?
she lost her voice p. 152
How much water does the water giver man give to each woman in line?
one gallon per person per day for washing, cleaning, bathing, and drinking p. 160
How did Amira refer to the screen, with noisy, loud blaring sounds, pink people and lights?
a flicker box p. 162
What does Gamal find to play with a Kalma?
a bike tire for a hula-hoop p. 174
What does Gamal do with the bike tire that another boy when he wanted a turn with it?
instead of putting it around the boy's waist, he put it around his neck and pulled it p. 174
What does the medallion say that Miss Sabine is wearing?
SUDAN RELIEF p. 180
Where did Miss Sabine travel from?
Khartoum, Sudan's capital p. 182
What did Amira receive from Miss Sabine?
a red pencil and yellow sheets for writing p. 185,186
What is Anwar's proclamation after finding a pot and cooking soup?
"We are now a family." p. 196
What bushy creature showed up at Kalma that Amira had never seen?
a hedgehog p. 203
What did Amira not like about the yellow paper?
the blue lines she called ugly fences p. 206
What incident caused Amira to get her voice back and shout out?
Her red pencil and tablet missing and then finding Leila and Gamal with them p. 219,220
What did Anwar tell Amira he would do for her until there was a school at Kalma?
he would teach her letters p. 225
Why is the letter "O" Amira's favorite shape?
Open, Unbroken, Eternal p. 232
What did Amira see on the flicker box that made her stop and watch?
a lady on CNN talking about Nyala, pictures of Gad Primary School p. 236
What gift did Anwar bring to Amira wrapped in coarse fabric?
a roasted yam, Allah's strongest root p. 238
While Gamal and Leila play soup can soccer, what does the scraped label on the can say?
"icken oodle" p. 243
What managed to get the last scrap of sweet yam?
a red eyed rat p. 248,249
What sweet treat, sweeter than the yam, did Anwar bring to Amira?
orange Fanta p. 252
Why does Anwar tell Amira he cannot make her desire of going to school happen?
Gad Primary School costs money p. 262
How did Muma know Anwar had been teaching Amira?
She found her tablet under her pallet p. 267
What did Amira learn when Muma started scratching in the dirt with a twig?
that she, too, had stick dances and could draw p. 270,271
What did Amira give to Leila after telling her she must go?
her birthday toob p. 289
What gift did Amira leave for Gamal?
her fanta flute, washed clean p. 292
When Amira left Kalma, what did she leave for Muma?
her red pencil and tablet, and a page filled with her favorite shape (O's) p. 292
What does Amira take with her to keep free of mosquitoes?
a small tin of sesame oil p. 293
What shape did Amira see on the dark ground, lighting it when she was leaving Kamal?
Dando's silhouette p. 296
How does Amira get past the Safari Suit guards without being seen?
they are squabbling and wrestling with a bottle of Fanta and she slips behind them p. 299
As Amira was leaving Kalma, whose solid hands pounced on her shoulders, calling her name?
Old Anwar p. 302
What did Anwar do to help Amira after coming upon her as she was leaving Kalma?
told her to get in the wheelbarrow put sesame oil on its rusty hinges and then on her, gave her his lantern p. 305
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