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Book Review: Eight Days: A Story of Haiti

A story of survival after the 2010 earthquake

By Christian Snyder | January 5 , 2011

Eight Days: A Story of Haiti
Author: Edwidge Danticat
Publisher/Release Date: Orchard Books/September 1, 2010
No. of Pages: 34 pages
Age Range: 4-8 years

When a giant earthquake shook the country of Haiti on January 12, 2010, thousands of people died and many more were trapped in the buildings that collapsed in and around the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Even the presidential palace—Haiti's White House—was severally damaged.

Eight Days: A Story of Haiti takes its readers through the mind of a young boy from Haiti who is struggling to survive. Junior and his friend Oscar are trapped under a house. They use their imaginations to survive by going on a fun-filled, eight-day adventure—in their minds!

On the first day, Junior and Oscar fly a kite and play marbles. On the following days, they play hide-and-go-seek, dance in the rain, and sing in a choir. The adventure really takes off on the eighth day, but I don't want to give that part away. You'll have to read and find out for yourself.

What I liked best about this book is how Junior uses his mind to keep himself going. He thinks about his family and friends and how much he loves them. Most of the time he was strong, but sometimes he cried. What he never did was give up. I really liked that.

No matter how old you are, this is a great read. By the way, what would you do in a similar situation?

Be sure to check out Kid Reporter Albert Ordonez's video interview with Eight Days author Edwidge Danticat!


More than a million people remain homeless and schools are just now being rebuilt in Haiti a year after the country's capital city was devastated by a major earthquake on January 12, 2010. Scholastic Kid Reporters continue their reporting on the earthquake with stories about how people are continuing to help the embattled country in the Crisis in Haiti: One Year Later Special Report.


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