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Auma's Long Run by Eucabeth Odhiambo
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Sep 01, 2020 | ISBN 9780823445653

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★ “A hard-hitting story of a resilient and intelligent girl who bravely confronts a devastating health crisis.”―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
★ “In Auma, Odhiambo draws from her own experiences of growing up in Kenya during the beginning of the AIDS crisis to present a strong, intelligent protagonist who questions and refuses to give in to what is normally accepted. Auma treats readers to beautiful descriptions of the world around her but also gives them a candid look at the fear and superstition surrounding AIDs in its early days in Kenya as well as the grief of loss. . . . Honestly told, Auma’s tale humanizes and contextualizes the AIDs experience in Kenya without sensationalizing it.”―Kirkus Review, Starred Review
★ “This moving testament to the power of determination to overcome overwhelming odds is a recommended purchase for all libraries.”―School Library Journal, Starred Review
“In prose as forthright as Auma herself, Eucabeth Odhiambo tells a story of resilience and strength. Odhiambo, who grew up in Kenya in the ’80s and ’90s, saw the effects of the disease first hand; this experience plus her work with HIV/AIDs orphans helps her give life to the authentic and realistic character of Auma―a young woman to believe in―and to put a human face on the epidemic that still affects Kenya.”—Shelf Awareness

“In Auma’s Long Run, Eucabeth Odhiambo shares an unflinching look at the AIDS epidemic’s impact on one Kenyan village and introduces readers to a determined heroine with a commitment to knowledge and a fierce dedication to her family. This is a powerful book that will spark important conversations.”―Kate Messner, author of The Exact Location of Home and The Seventh Wish

“A heartfelt story of loss and sacrifice, dreams and resilience.”―Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, author of Coretta Scott King Honoree No Crystal Stair

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