Sunday, January 18, 2009

Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan

Brothers in Hope

Written by: Mary Williams
Illustrated by: Gregory Christie

Elementary Grades

"Through the fictionalized first-person account of one boy, Garang, this moving picture book tells the big story of children at war. Driven from his village home by the soldiers, Garang treks with other boys nearly 1,000 miles across the border, first to Ethiopia, and later to Kenya. He finds shelter in refugee camps, but many other refugees die along the way. Williams tells the story directly, without sensationalism or cover-up, and Christie's powerful acrylic paintings show the long lines moving across desert, forest, and savannah, as well as the special bond between Garang and a younger boy he adopts and the aid worker who helps him reach America. Williams' notes fill in facts. For teens interested in the subject, suggest the adult book They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky, by Alephonsion Deng (2005)"

American Library Association Review

Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Illustration, 2006

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