Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan

Title

Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan

Illustrator

Gregory Christie

Publisher

Lee & Low Books

Publication Year

2005

ISBN

9781584302322

Pages

40 pages

Genre

historical

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Eight-year-old Garang is tending cattle far from his family's home in southern Sudan when war comes to his village. Frightened but unharmed, he returns to find everything has been destroyed. Soon Garang meets other boys whose villages have been attacked. Before long they become a moving band of thousands, walking hundreds of miles seeking safety — first in Ethiopia and then in Kenya. The boys face numerous hardships and dangers along the way, but their faith and mutual support help keep the hope of finding a new home alive in their hearts. Based on heartbreaking yet inspirational true events in the lives of the Lost Boys of Sudan, Brothers in Hope is a story of remarkable and enduring courage, and an amazing testament to the unyielding power of the human spirit.

Grade Level

K-3; 3-5

Lexile Measure

610L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Family member death; Language barrier; Homelessness; Poverty; Immigrants and refugees; death of a parent; death of a mother; death of a father; family tragedy; loss; learning a new language; impoverished child; displaced; refugee; refugee camp; migration; migrants

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Black (Sudanese)

Family Formation

orphan

Awards

Coretta Scott King Book Award, 2006, Honor Book, Illustrator
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2005 Ages (9 to 12) Book Sense Kid's Picks
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006
Notable Books, 2006 Intermediate (Fiction)
Notable Books for a Global Society, 2006
Notable Children's Books, 2006 Middle Reader

Keywords

Sudan; war; leadership; Ethiopia; Kenya; hunger; hope; thunder; river; cattle; survival

Diversity Impact

direct

Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan

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