Auma's Long Run

Auma's Long Run

by Eucabeth Odhiambo

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Overview

Auma is racing toward her dreams as fast as possible—but can she turn her back on her family when tragedy hits home? This acclaimed #OwnVoices debut set in 1980s Kenya is a poignant story of loss, grief, and the power of resilience.

A track scholarship could put thirteen-year-old Auma one step closer to leaving her small village in Kenya. She is determined to become a doctor, and nothing—not her classmates, not her marrying age, and not the night runners who come by the house while she sleeps—will stop her.

But then a strange new sickness called AIDS starts ravaging the town, eventually spreading to her own father. How can she think of leaving when her mother and siblings need her? Determined Auma finds herself in a different kind of race: to find out if there's a cure and protect her family, all while keeping a hold on her dreams.

Based on the author's childhood in Kenya, Auma's story humanizes the AIDS epidemic and reveals hope amidst a devastating health crisis. Paperback edition includes a reading guide at the back!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823445653
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 270,388
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Eucabeth Odhiambo is a professor of education at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. As a classroom teacher she has taught every grade between kindergarten and middle school. This is her first novel, inspired by her experience growing up in Kenya in the '80s and '90s, as well as HIV/AIDS education research for her doctoral degree.

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