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

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A young boy unites with thousands of other orphaned boys to walk to safety in a refugee camp in another country, after war destroys their villages in southern Sudan. Based on true events.

Eight-year-old Garang, orphaned by a civil war in Sudan, finds the inner strength to help lead other boys as they trek hundreds of miles seeking safety in Ethiopia, then Kenya, and finally in the United States.

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Overview

A young boy unites with thousands of other orphaned boys to walk to safety in a refugee camp in another country, after war destroys their villages in southern Sudan. Based on true events.

Eight-year-old Garang, orphaned by a civil war in Sudan, finds the inner strength to help lead other boys as they trek hundreds of miles seeking safety in Ethiopia, then Kenya, and finally in the United States.

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Gr 1-5-During the mid-1980s, Sudan was embroiled in civil war in which over two million lives were lost. Williams bases this fictional picture book on the harrowing, real-life experiences of a band of approximately 30,000 southern Sudanese boys, between the ages of 8 and 15, who walked nearly 1000 miles searching for a safe refuge. Eight-year-old Garang Deng, one of the leaders, tells his story. Traveling by night, foraging for food, plagued by violence, hunger, illness, and death, the journey is a perilous one. They finally make it to a refugee camp in Ethiopia where they meet an American named Tom who helps them. But fighting comes to Ethiopia, and once again the boys must flee, this time to Kenya. Tom is there to help. He takes down Garang's story and tells him he will take the story to the U.S. to try to find some help for them. With Tom's departure, life in the camps is very difficult, yet most boys manage to survive. When the man finally returns, Garang, now 21, asks, "Where have you been, Tom? Did you forget about us?" He explains that he has been spreading the news about the boys' plight, and now the U.S. is offering them a home. Christie's distinctive acrylic illustrations, done in broad strokes of predominantly green, yellow, and burnt orange, are arresting in their combination of realism and the abstract, and reflect the harshness yet hopeful nature of the landscape and the situation. An afterword tells what happened once 3800 of the boys resettled in America. This important profile in courage is one that belongs in most collections.-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584302322
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 41
  • Sales rank: 162,586
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Recommended

    Garang Deng is a little boy who grew up in southern Sudan. While tending to the animals, one day his village was attacked; Garang managed to escape and hid in the forest. While searching for his parents he finds thousands of boys looking for their families, instead of his own. The older boys of them decide the create groups, each with a leader, as none of them have ever been on their own before. Garang is asked to lead one group. Garang is at first afraid to be a leader but then remembers his father's advice as a young boy - to not fear. This group of young boy leaders then decide to walk to Ethiopia for help. To hide from the soldiers of war, they decide to travel by night and sleep by day. However, food and water is usually scarce. Garang also adopts a younger boy, named Chuti Bol, so they have someone to look over them. To help them take their minds off of their hunger and pain from being tired, they played games and told stories. They finally arrive at a refuge camp after crossing the Ethiopian border. At the camp they are fed and housed, and receive an education. They also were taught religion and faith at the camp. War then came to Ethiopia and the boys were forced to go back to Sudan; but they had to cross the raging Gilo River. After they crossed the river they arrived at another camp in Kenyon. After the camp's 'leader', Tom, left Garang took charge and tried to the keep the boys fed and educated; Chuti even helped him sometimes. Many years later Tom returned to the Camp to tell the boys that the U.S. offered them a home. Afraid of the future, Garang remembered his father's advice: "Your heart and mind are strong. There is nothing you cannot do."

    The illustrations look like paintings - you can see many of the brush strokes; with colors of browns and greens. The author has chosen to use very simple words and sentences to get across a very serious point of history - this thus makes it very easy to read. For children, I think this book does a really great job of presenting a very serious issue in other worlds while representing the characteristics that connect humans and children everywhere: help those in need and carry on.

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