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Auma loves to run. In her small Kenyan village, she's a track star with big dreams. A track scholarship could allow her to attend high school and maybe even become a doctor. But a strange new sickness called AIDS is ravaging the village, and when her father becomes ill, Auma's family needs her help at home. Soon more people are getting sickeven dyingand no one knows why. Now Auma faces a difficult choice. Should she stay to support her struggling family or leave to pursue her own future? Auma knows her family is depending on her, but leaving might be the only way to find the answers to questions about this new disease.
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This is one of those rare, precious stories that stays with you long after you close the cover. It affected me so profoundly that I had to put it aside for months after my initial read through so that I could return and review it properly...but then I am sensitive to the subject because I have lost loved ones to the scourge of AIDS. Young Auma has dreams of winning a track scholarship to attend high school, with hopes of eventually becoming a doctor and finding a way to both exit a life of poverty and help those she loves. Her life is thrown into disarray when she discovers her father is dying of a strange new illness that is, in the minds of those around her, tied to sin and immorality. Soon her entire village has to face the evils this illness brings and plunges into the perpetual darkness of fear and mourning - but Auma, in her struggle to comprehend and overcome these horrors, somehow manages to rise above and do what's best for her family by finding hope. This is a very powerful story and I strongly recommend it, particularly for the benefit of young people who might not understand how AIDS not only destroyed individual lives, but changed the entire world.