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The Journey of the Lost Boys: A Story of Courage, Faith and the Sheer Determination to Survive by a Group of Young Boys Called "The Lost Boys of Sudan" Paperback – May 30, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Allswell Press; 1 edition (May 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976387506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976387503
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"The Journey of the Lost Boys is a very moving story. One that every young person should read." -- Bishop Nathaniel Garang
South Sudan Diocese of Bor


Fascinating! I could not put it down! -- Ray Storms
Author and Lost Boy mentor


Highly recommended! Joan Hecht was voted "2005 POW Author of the Year" and her book won 1st Place in Education. -- Caryn Suarez/President Promoting Outstanding Writers(POW)

From the Publisher

Allswell Press highly recommends, "The Journey of the Lost Boys." This award winning book recieved first place at the International Promoting Outstanding Authors(POW)Book Awards and earned the author, Joan Hecht, the title "2005 Author of the Year."

More About the Author

I first met the Lost Boys in the summer of 2001, shortly after their arrivals to the United States. Initially, I reached out to them with the intention of helping them as they resettled in a strange and foreign country. I had hoped to be instrumental in making their new lives in America better than the one they had left behind. I had hoped to be instrumental in helping to change their lives, without even realizing how drastically they would change my own. My thoughts and attitudes about many things have changed since meeting these incredible young men.

I have been volunteering full-time with the Lost Boys and other South Sudanese for almost 12 years. In the summer of 2004, I established an all-volunteer, non-profit foundation called 'Alliance for the Lost Boys of Sudan' www.allianceforthelostboys.com to assist with their health and educational needs. To date, we have assisted over 60 Lost Boys and local Sudanese with college tuition and books. We've provided free medical treatment to over one-hundred local Sudanese and life-changing surgeries for numerous others.

I'm so proud of their many accomplishments and feel extremely humbled to have played a part in helping them reach their full potentials. One of our recent college scholarship recipients returned to South Sudan just two days after receiving his BA and is now the Secretary General of Secondary Exams for the new government of The Republic of South Sudan.

In Sudan, we partner with numerous organizations to provide humanitarian aid, re-construction efforts and numerous other projects, such as the construction of an X-Ray clinic, a house and 30 beds for an orphanage, goat programs for women at risk, distribution of solar flash lights and most recently six water wells that will provide clean drinking water to thousands of rural villagers. With your help we can do so much more!

If you'd like to make a difference in the life of the people living in The Republic of South Sudan (the world's newest nation!), please make a tax-free donation on our website at www.allianceforthelostboys.com . We appreciate your support! Be sure to "LIKE" us on Face Book for future updates and please watch our new video- "You Came to Me" by Joan Hecht- on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C0iygJz2g8


If you'd like to book me for an author speaking event, please contact my agent, Scott Wolfman,at Wolfman Productions www.wolfmanproductions.com.One of the Lost Boys generally accompanies me.

Here's what people are saying about our presentations:

The recent Lost Boys of Sudan presentation at our University, headed by Alliance for the Lost Boys of Sudan founder and author, Joan Hecht, was one of the most academically enlightening programs ever to hit our campus.
Kamele "Oupa" Seane
University of North Florida
Director, Intercultural Center for PEACE
Executive Director, FLAWI

Joan Hecht has been one of our most compelling speakers at the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville's weekly luncheon meetings!
Rotary Club of South Jacksonville

This was the best diversity event I have ever attended. Bar none!
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida

This was one of the most inspirational and moving presentations I have ever been to. --Truman Long (Psychology & Sociology instructor and chair of the Social Justice Committee at West Virginia University-Parkersburg)

I found the presentation to be a transformational experience, one that greatly increased my appreciation for the struggle that has been going on for generations in Sudan. I also found myself with a whole new perspective on what a hardship really is. Those that we face here in the US pale in comparison to the life experiences of the Lost Boys of Sudan. I left the speech feeling that I too could make a difference for those less fortunate than myself. -Chris Clifford (Interim Chief Financial Officer West Virginia University-Parkersburg)


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The history was also well researched.
Holli W. Seethaler
I would like to thank Joan Hecht for the wonderful job she did in presenting the complicated story of the Lost Boys of Sudan in a readable manner.
Judith Pex
It gives the reader a true sense of the horror, courage and hope that has gripped a generation of young Sudanese men.
David L. Paulson

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Connie on September 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have come to know a "Lost Boy of Sudan" during his years living here in Massachusetts. He arrived here at about age fifteen with three or four other boys and lived with a local family. After graduating from our local, very good, high school, he has completed his first year at an excellent college. I have been following the story of these boys for several years and realized that he was probably very young when he lost his family and that he probably has very little knowledge of the big picture of what had happened to him. This book was written by a volunteer who had also come to know and love these remarkable boys. She went further than most volunteers and researched the background of the situation in Sudan. She included many photographs of different boys, both in the refugee camps in Africa and in their new lives in America. I purchased this book as a gift for this kind, sweet natured, intelligent and thoughtful boy who helped me in my garden last summer. I read it before I gave it to him and it was exactly what I was looking for. I hope it will be a book he will share with his friends from Sudan and others now that he has returned to college. I am sure he will be a fine adult and a success in all he does. He has worked so hard and been through so much that it is a joy for all who know him to watch his progress. I recommend this book very highly for anyone who is interested in these boys.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David L. Paulson on June 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Joan Hecht's "Journey" is in this reviewer's opinion the most interesting and accurate book available on the topic of the Lost Boys. As a former foster father to one of the lost boys and a fellow author and researcher, I recommend the book without hesitation. It presents an extraordinarily complicated situation in a manner that is comprehensible, fascinating and accurate. It gives the reader a true sense of the horror, courage and hope that has gripped a generation of young Sudanese men.

For its rare photos, clear and organized presentation and sincere prose, I highly recommend this informative and inspiring book and thank the author for her outstanding efforts.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Holli W. Seethaler on June 8, 2005
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Joan Hecht writes about the Lost Boys in a unique personal way. In each chapter, a different Lost Boy tells of his own experience during a certain period of time- i.e. life before the war, walking to Ethiopia, and life in the refugee camp. The history was also well researched. The book not only brought tears of sadness but also tears of hope for the Lost Boys who have made it to the US. Her love and caring for the boys is evident throughout the book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wal on March 3, 2006
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I am one of the Lost Boys of Sudan and I can tell you that this book is the true story of our journey to freedom/America. I was there and I am a firsthand witness to the atrocities that happened to us and all people from the south of Sudan. When I read this book it brought back many memories of my homeland. Some were happy and some were very sad,like the loss of my family, friends, cattle and farmland. I think everyone who reads this book will be inspired by it. I encourage you to read it and ask yourself if you can do something to help my people who for so long have been forgotten by the entire world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on March 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
Rebeccasreads highly recommends THE JOURNEY OF THE LOST BOYS as well worth the money with stories that will make a difference in your life, & give you glimpses into another way of looking at the world.

As in any dangerous & arduous trek, you have to start with the first step, From The Author gets you in touch with Joan Hecht's frames of references & how she became involved with the Lost Boys. Her writing is both light & compelling. Once you've started, you'll be unable to let go, even as you lift your eyes from the page, wondering where on earth you really are.

Filled with the Lost Boys stories, drawings & photos that all comes together to make a moving testament to their enduring courage & joy of life.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bixler on June 30, 2005
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"The Journey of the Lost Boys" should interest people who are moved by the dramatic story of resilience and survival common to a group of 3,800 refugees in the U.S. known as the "Lost Boys of Sudan." In clear writing supplemented with photographs and drawings by the refugees themselves, Joan Hecht explains the history of these unique refugees by telling the personal stories of several of them in Jacksonville, Fla. Her role as a volunteer helping the young men acclimate to the United States gives the reader a front-row seat to scenes tinged with humor and poignancy. The book is at its best in these personal moments, as Hecht recounts a panic-stricken refugee, new to the modern world, who returns home to find that an exterminator has visited and concludes that his landlord is trying to poison him. Hecht's personal ties to some of the refugees lets the reader empathize with the struggles of young men like Ezekiel Kong Deng, who died of liver failure with Hecht at his bedside. This is an engaging account of a dramatic story.

Mark Bixler, author of "The Lost Boys of Sudan: An American Story of the Refugee Experience" - [...]
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judy Walgren on June 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Joan Hecht has surely finished a labor of love. The Journey of the Lost Boys of Sudan

is a meticulously detailed history of the Southern Sudanese children's flight from place to place,

running from the government forces of Northern Sudan. Ms. Hecht also pulls together the history

of the long running conflict in Sudan, which sets the stage for this incredible saga.

Her love for the people of Southern Sudan shines through these pages and her commitment to telling

their story is one that you cannot deny. She has captured an inspirational story of

survival and strength."

Judy Walgren, author of "The Lost Boys of Natinga : A School for

Southern Sudan's Young

Refugees"
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