The Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins is the story of two young people and choices. Chiko wants to be a teacher, but at the age 0f 15 is forced into the Burmese Army. Tu Reh is 17 and just wants a house, a rice field and a family, but since the Burmese Army burned his village he wants revenge. The two boys learn about themselves and each other when they meet in the jungle. Recommended for grades 5 - 8.