This was a beautiful story of hard work and determination and perseverance in the face of evil and overwhelming adversity and hardships. I have not read a book in a very long time that motivated me to care deeply about global issues, but this book stirred in me a desire to help others. At the beginning of the book, it was a bit confusing trying to understand how the two stories connected. But by the end of the book, the way that the author weaves the two stories of Nya and Salva together is incredibly powerful and moving. The author writes beautifully, using vivid imagery and robust descriptions that make the characters and situations easy to relate to even though most of us have never had to experience such hardships. The author was careful not to be too graphic in his storytelling which helps to make this story accessible to both younger and older readers. This story teaches lessons of compassion and perseverance and courage. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It provides an incredible perspective on the definition of a hard life and is an inspirational read.