In Akim’s village, the war seems far away. When air raids do reach the village by the river, Akim is separated from his family. An unknown woman takes the boy in, but then he is captured by the military. Akim finally manages to escape and runs and runs until he meets other people in the mountains who have fled like him. Together they manage to cross a river and get to a camp on the other side. And here the unexpected happens: Akim and his mother find each other again. (Cf. book description by the publisher).
The book tells the story of a child who experiences war in many pictures that are gentle and sometimes dim but at the same time impressive.
The book of Claude Dubois is a heavy book, which nevertheless tells in each chapter also comforting experiences or encounters. “Akim Runs,” can be read with children when addressing war, flight, or experiences related to them.
Claude K. Dubois 2014: Akim Runs. Frankfurt a.M.: Moritz.
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