Set in contemporary Malawi, a poignant account of an orphaned boy's transition from city life to village life.Sam's widowed mother has died from "the Disease," and Sam is claimed by his aunt Mercy, who lives in the small African village where Sam's mother was born and raised. The gap between Sam's life in the city, where he had his own room, attended private school, and used a computer, and his ne...
Grade Level: 4 - 6
Lexile Measure: 620L
Hardcover: 188 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books; 1 edition (May 18, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
Amazon Rank: 1697229
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I selected this book because I was in a choir that hosted a young adult choir from Malawi on a trip to the US. The Malawi choir members were lively and talented. I wish that this book had had a map of Malawi, as well as a map showing where Malawi i...
he dirt-floored one-room hut, which he is to share with his aunt and cousins, is vast beyond imagining. Grief, loneliness, and the absence of everything familiar make for a rocky transition to a traditional culture where possessions count for little and everyone is expected to do his or her share.