Junior Library Guild Selection * New York Public Library's Best Books for Teens * Goodreads Choice Awards Nonfiction Finalist * Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books for Teens: Nonfiction * 2018 Texas Topaz Nonfiction List * YALSA's 2018 Quick Picks List * Bank Street's 2018 Best Books of the Year
"This gut-wrenching, poetic memoir reminds us that no life story can be reduced to the word 'refugee.' --New York Times Book Review
"A critical piece of literature, contributing to the larger refugee narrative in a way that is complex and nuanced." --School Library Journal (starred review)
This profoundly moving memoir is the remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism.
Sandra was just ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. She had watched as rebels gunned down her mother and six-year-old sister in a refugee camp. Remarkably, the rebel didn't pull the trigger, and Sandra escaped.
Thus began a new life for her and her surviving family members. With no home and no money, they struggled to stay alive. Eventually, through a United Nations refugee program, they moved to America, only to face yet another ethnic disconnect. Sandra may have crossed an ocean, but there was now a much wider divide she had to overcome. And it started with middle school in New York.
In this memoir, Sandra tells the story of her survival, of finding her place in a new country, of her hope for the future, and how she found a way to give voice to her people.Binding Type:
Katherine Tegen BooksPublished:
9.20h x 6.30w x 1.00dReview Citations: Booklist
03/15/2017 pg. 37School Library Journal
04/01/2017 pg. 172Publishers Weekly
03/15/2017Voice of Youth Advocates
06/01/2017 - Recommended - Better Than MostBulletin of Ctr for Child Bks
07/01/2017Horn Book Magazine
07/01/2017 pg. 160Hornbook Guide to Children
07/01/2017 pg. 234 - Superior,Well Above AverageAccelerated Reader Quiz #/Name:
190492 / How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War ChildReading Level:
5.8 / Interest Level:
Upper Grade / Point Value: