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BROTHERS IN HOPE by Mary Williams

BROTHERS IN HOPE

The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan

By Mary Williams (Author) , Gregory Christie (Illustrator)

Age Range: 10 & up

Pub Date: May 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-58430-232-1
Publisher: Lee & Low

When their village in Sudan is attacked and their families lost, Garang and countless other boys have to embark on a long journey during which they deal with severe hunger, thirst, illness and exhaustion. They finally reach Ethiopia and the refugee camp, but this place of hope proves to be temporary. Now they have to repeat the nightmarish journey in order to get to another camp in Kenya where they are faced with continuous struggles for survival. As Garang grows up, he becomes a leader who seeks ways to improve conditions. At last, he and some of the other boys are offered the opportunity to go to the US. Williams allows Garang to narrate his story of unimaginable suffering and pain and the atrocities of war. Christie’s strongly hued acrylic paintings provide graphic accompaniment in his affecting style. Powerful and deeply moving, but definitely not for the youngest readers. (author’s note, afterword) (Picture book. 10+)