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Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 5n/a5.045013
For Poni, life in her small village in southern Sudan is simple and complicated at the same time. But then the war comes and there is only one thing for Poni to do. Run. Run for her life. Driven by the sheer will to survive and the hope that she can somehow make it to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, Poni sets out on a long, dusty trek across the east African countryside with thousands of refugees. In Kakuma she is almost overwhelmed by the misery that surrounds her. Poni realizes that she must leave the camp at any cost. Her destination is a compound in Nairobi. There, if she is lucky, she can continue her education and even one day convince authorities that she is worthy to go to the land of opportunity called America. Even more than the dramatic events of the story, it is Poni’s frank and single-minded personality that carries this novel. In a heartbreaking final twist, she finds her mother just as she is about to leave for the U.S., and must make the hardest decision of all.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on March 4, 2014 by Groundwood Books
ISBN-10: 1554984165
ISBN-13: 9781554984169
6 Book Reviews
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  • gigiann
    gigiannTuesday, June 3, 2014 at 4:54 am55 stars
    this book is great
    • soccergirl13
      soccergirl13Monday, June 2, 2014 at 6:06 pm
      This book seems really good. I really want to read it.
      • lilbunny3
        lilbunny3Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 7:02 am55 stars
        this book is an very heartbreaking story I would love to keep reading on
        • ponnu_turtle
          ponnu_turtleWednesday, May 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm
          it is a sad story
          • EmoWednesday, May 21, 2014 at 6:46 am
            It is very sad ayliah
            • ayliah
              ayliahMonday, May 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm55 stars
              The book is very sad