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

by Mary Williams

Other authors: R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)

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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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This book follows a group of boys fleeing a war-torn village, faced with no choice but to survive independently and flee to a safer country, Ethiopia. While the vocabulary isn't complex, the themes of war and refugee may be difficult for young readers to understand. What stuck with me the most was the page mentioning Chuti, a five-year-old refugee who was too small to walk independently. ( )
  ebrossette | Jan 26, 2020 |
Brothers in hope Is about a boy who was living a pretty successful life in Sudan. This all changed when War struck his village and his country. He later finds many other young boys also suffering the same fate. You then learn about the survival of these boys by with the point of view of one individual. After success, hardships, fleeing, possible returning to war and yet another relocation. They are finally able to go to neighboring country in relative safety.
Review: I like this book a lot. There is an Easy connection and you feel this child’s pain and thoughts. However, be warned this story has some adult themes of war and death of small children. Maybe not in detail but in passing which can ruin some children’s day thinking about it. This is for more of the Grade 3-6 ranges. Word difficulty is fine and smooth, and I can see the kids’ reading it themselves to the classroom. With some challenging words. I feel that this is best experienced as an introduction to what war in other countries for the older kids and what the world is like outside the US for the other kids. As for memory I think it sticks very well giving vivid descriptions and genuinely sad and happy moments. Art too is unique and stylized, not many of its kind you will find but I feel does not attract enough attention. All with a great message of keep pushing during hardships, remember to be brave, and how important education is. I think one key flaw holding that back from a 5/5 is that it Is a good informational and enlightening book and not much “enjoyment” unless you are intrigued about other cultures. And if that is the case it Is a 5/5. But if not, the whole story can come off as a sad story with the end being. Hopeful but not necessarily bright with a lot of unknowns and issues that would need to be resolved.
Memorability 4/5
Art 4.5/5
Enjoyment 4/5
Word Difficulty 5/5
Interesting info 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5
Best Use: Told to the class ( )
  KyleRodri | Jan 24, 2020 |
A thrilling story of Sudanese boys displaced from their family by war. They travel through the country to Ethiopia and found refuge. They refuge was short lived, Garang and his group were forced to flee again back to Sudan. Upon arriving there they encountered more refugee aid that helped them find camp in the nearby country of Kenya. The boys experienced troubles still until Tom returned to help them find home in The United States. The story is full of action and emotion, the illustrations are simple and beautiful. ( )
  xavierjr | Sep 15, 2019 |
This story of persistence and bravery is very touching. The illustrators use of mainly neutral and nude hues maintained the seriousness of the story in my opinion. The author decided to tell the story from the boy's point of view and I believe that to be very helpful if reading for children to understand such an event.
  Jmratlif | Sep 9, 2019 |
This book is a great way to turn a true story into a children's book. The refugees of the Sudan have stories to tell and should be shared in every way possible. This book highlighted many issues that should be addressed. I would read this to younger children in sections and older kids as well. ( )
  tnorris23 | Sep 2, 2019 |
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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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