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Gr 8 Up—This poignant and gripping story follows Poni, a young girl growing up in a Sudanese village. The emotional tale depicts the challenges of Poni's everyday life before the war. Against all odds, she must find a way to stay in school, deflect any young boy's attention, and fight for her life to survive malaria. But then the war comes, and everything changes. After her entire village is wiped out following an airstrike and her family is presumed dead, she must flee Sudan with a group of refugees to the safety of a refugee camp far away. Many die along the way, but Poni survives the long journey. Once she gets there, she discovers the horrors going on at the refugee camp and must escape. After she's free, a nun in Nairobi offers her shelter, the continuing education the teen has been longing for, and, ultimately, help getting to America, the land of opportunity. This book does an excellent job of evoking strong emotions from readers through its graphic depictions of life in war-torn Africa. Many are familiar with the Lost Boys of Sudan, but these authors set out to tell the stories of the Lost Girls of Sudan, and have succeeded with flying colors. This short, quickly paced narrative will stay with readers for the rest of their lives.—Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Hartford Public Library, CT

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Zenitra Lujana Paul Poni’s South Sudanese village of Chukudum is in the warpath of the Red Army boy soldiers. The only alternative to certain violent death is walking, or in Poni’s case, running, to safety. Bassoff and DeLuca portray Poni as a strong-willed girl of the Didinga tribe, who loves to learn and has a vision of herself beyond her circumstances. The harsh environment and tragic events are focal in the telling of her travails on the road to the Kakuma refugee camp, where she is paired with a strict foster mother and, finally, with stern Sister Hannah in Nairobi. Groundwood Books plays a significant role in exposing American youth to global realities through many of its titles, such as those by Deborah Ellis, who draws from her work with women in Afghanistan and in refugee camps. With this offering, Bassoff and anthropologist DeLuca contribute a title that provides a welcome female perspective to the shelf of enlightening books chronicling the Lost Boys of Sudan. Grades 6-10. --Gail Bush
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554984165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554984169
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am in middle school and I finished this book in 3 days, I couldn't put it down! The detail of the events the main character was put into were realistic and accurately portrayed the life of a young Sudanese girl. It is full of heart wrenching decisions that tie the book together. Excellent read!
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While the heroine of this book represents one of the "Lost Girls" of Sudan, the United States continues to welcome several thousand refugees from around the world every year (58,238 in 2012 alone, the most recent year for which data are available). Hundreds of those arrive as orphans. This book offers young readers (6th grade and up) a compelling, realistic glimpse into the homes and loved ones refugees have left behind, the trauma they've endured, and the hope found in resettlement. It gives young American readers a deeper understanding of these new neighbors who've become their classmates and will be their future colleagues. Bravo to Ms. Bassoff for introducing young readers to this important topic through a story kids won't want to put down!
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This is such an important story! Written so beautifully from young Poni's perspective, the harsh realities of life in Africa mix with the incredible bravery and determination of a character that will truly touch your heart. As an educator, I have always felt that it was my duty to be internationally-minded. There is no better way to encourage this same aspiration in students then to have them read and analyze this wonderful story. Kudos to Leah Bassoff and Laura Deluca for bringing forth the voices of young women from South Sudan!
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Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca deserve much praise for bringing the story of the girls who suffered and survived the genocide in Sudan to western readers. For some reason, westerners became enamored of the survival stories of the lost boys, but stories of the girls were nonexistent. Through Poni, a whip-smart farm girl from South Sudan, Bassoff and DeLuca share the fear, faith and determination of the few girls who were able to live and escape the horror. None of the girls escaped unharmed. They had to survive starvation, dehydration, enemy soldiers and roaming bandits looking for females to rape and then sell into prostitution and slavery. Poni knows she has to survive to carry on her family's legacy and her clan's history. Her dreams of a better life in a refugee camp are dashed when after months of walking across the desert, she finds an overcrowded camp filled with crime, disease and death. The camp residents teach her important survival skills. She runs away again. This time to an orphanage for girls in Nairobi. Throughout her ordeal, Poni never abandons her dream of going to college and returning to her homeland to help other girls. All proceeds from sales go to https://www.africare.org
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Wonderful book that is thoughtfully written and exposes the plight of one young girl in the Sudan. If we want to raise young Americans who care about the world around them, this book is a good starting point. It is very age-appropriate for middle-school students. The violence and sexual content are treated with great sensitivity. More than anything, it's a great read.
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This was well written, well researched and a beautiful perspective on these brave, courageous girls. Thank you for writing this book. It seems important for schools to implement this book into curriculum.
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