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Lost Boys of Natinga: A School for Sudan's Young Refugees Hardcover – September 28, 1998


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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 1040L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (September 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395705584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395705582
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,477,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 7^-10. Far from media images of Africa as safari adventure and famine, this photo-essay brings us close to the experience of refugee children by focusing on the boys in one school in the southern Sudan. Walgren, a Dallas photojournalist, spent three months at the school in 1994, and her color photos and vivid text make us see what daily life is like for these individual young people driven from home by civil war. Orphaned or separated from their families, they come to the school seeking food, clothing, shelter, and safety. Walgren tells how they got there, how they study without classrooms or enough books, often hungry, struggling to stay healthy and clean, sometimes without basic medical supplies or fresh water. The school is their shelter and hope, yet we feel their loss, not only of home and family but also of roots and culture as they read old American textbooks, go to church, and learn in English about a world far from where they are. Hazel Rochman

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"Far from media images of Africa as safari adventure and famine, this photo-essay brings us close to the experience of refugee children by focusing on the boys in one school in the southern Sudan. Walgren, a Dallas photojournalist, spent three months at the school in 1994, and her color photos and vivid text make us see what daily life is like for these individual young people driven from home by civil war." (Booklist, ALA)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hillary Rettig on May 31, 2001
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As the foster mother of two "Lost Boys" who have immigrated as refugees to the U.S., I found this book invaluable for understanding the day-to-day conditions under which my boys grew up. We've read lots of scholarly books and newspaper articles, but seeing the photos of the boys at school (scratching out their numbers in the dirt using a twig), grinding maize with a giant mortar and pestle (a 2 hour-a-day chore, according to one of my boys), and wasting away from lack of medicine provided me with a much clearer view.
The writing is also terrific and moving, and photography vivid and beautiful. Recommended for anyone with an interest in Africa, refugees, and stories of human endurance and dignity. A good book for adults as well as younger people.
Hillary
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2001
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I am working with adults who were "lost boys" and there is much speculation about the quality of their past education in the refugee camps and if they will be able to go on to college. This portrait allows me to better understand their lives in the refugee camps and look at their experiences and build upon them. A lack of education should be remedied by continured education not by telling people they are "incapable."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2001
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I've got five lost Boys from Sudan in my Sunday School class and was trying to find more about them, their country and their situation. I found myself in tears as I read the book and looked at the wonderful photos. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting more information. It's easy to read for children but not so simplistic that adults can't benefit from it also.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joan Hecht on June 6, 2005
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Not only does author Judy Walgren capture the faces and stories of the young children known as "The Lost Boys of Natinga," but she captures your heart as well.

In a easy to understand format, she details the facts behind the long running civil war between the North and the South of Sudan, chronicling the devastating effects it has had on the people who live there: in particular the children. This is a must read for anyone with an interest in Southern Sudan!

Joan Hecht

Author of "The Journey of the Lost Boys"
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By claudia nizza on March 26, 2000
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wonderful book to travel the imagination, through the words and images of a sensitive photographer... true african reportage!
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