My Opinion on, “Without War There is No Peace”

        Some people believe without war there is no peace. The word war means violent disagreement to me. Disagreement means that two or more groups of people have very strong controversial opinions about a specific subject. Eventually this disagreement leads to a violent fight, introducing war. You can think about the civil war. The South wanted to keep their way of living, this life included owning slaves. The North wanted to end slavery and stay as the Union. This disagreement about slavery led to the Civil War. “Without war there is no peace,” means that without violent disagreement there can be no peacefulness whatsoever on Earth. 

        I believe that this statement is true in a certain way. We cannot have peace without a certain degree of disagreement. Peace is the moment you comprise after disagreeing. For example, if you and a sibling are arguing over what to watch on television, after you both come up with a compromise you will be at peace. If you and your sibling start a war it’s going to take much longer to come to a compromise! In conclusion, war is not mandatory to gain peace, but disagreeing is necessary. 

Book Review: Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan

        Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Mañanaland tells the story of Maximiliano Córdoba. Eleven-year-old Max has lived without a mother for as long as he can remember. She left Max as a baby, and Max’s overprotective Papá refuses to say a word about her. Max tries to forget about his mother as he trains for the Santa Maria fútbol tryouts, but when Papá and Buelo reveal a tightly kept family secret, Max can’t stop wondering about who his mother was or why she left him. Max may know how to find the answers, but all he has is Buelo’s old stories and hope to guide him. 

        Pam Muñoz Ryan’s captivating writing creates beautiful illustrations to imagine.“Citrus orchards and grape fields bordered the outskirts of town. Nestled in the foothills on dirt roads, modest white stone cottages perched like patient doves at roost.” (5) “For me, one moment it was warm and syrupy, like a cinnamon pastel just from the oven. And the next, cool and smooth, like a rock pulled from the riverbed.” (48) Lines like these make you feel like you are looking at Santa Maria or experiencing a certain feeling. They help you picture Max’s journey and experiences, all while making Mañanaland a pleasure to read. 

        Readers who have experienced a parent keeping important secrets from them will enjoy Mañanaland. So will people who are fond of Pam Muñoz Ryan’s other books, including Esperanza Rising. Lastly, readers who like books with dependable characters who always have each other’s backs will appreciate this beautifully written novel.