Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Published: September 23rd 2014
Genre: Coming of age, War
Age Range: 12+
13-year-old Muchoki and his younger sister, Jata, can barely recognize what’s become of their lives. Only weeks ago they lived in a bustling Kenyan village, going to school, playing soccer with friends, and helping at their parents’ store. But sudden political violence has killed their father and destroyed their home. Now, Muchoki, Jata, and their ailing mother live in a tent in an overcrowded refugee camp. By day, they try to fend off hunger and boredom. By night, their fears about the future are harder to keep at bay. Driven by both hope and desperation, Muchoki and Jata set off on what seems like an impossible journey: to walk hundreds of kilometers to find their last remaining family.
I loved how interactive this book was. You didn’t need the pictures, videos or extra words from Walters to understand or like the story, but I loved that the option was there. I loved that Walters actually took this journey and you can feel yourself walking along with these children just like he had done himself. As you go through the book you will see little symbols alongside the writing. These symbols let you know which posts on the blog correspond with which piece of the story, and have a few different types: maps, pictures, videos and/or additional words from the author.
The heart is this story is like nothing I have ever read before. Walters has outdone himself on Muchoki. for just a boy, 13 years old, he has so much wisdom. He cares so kindly for his mother and younger sister after the loss of the rest of his family and it was to no surprise that he refuses to give up his sister for a life in an orphanage. This brave tale of true sibling and family love with have everyone in awe. I want a string to show me the way to my destiny and to the people who love me (you will understand this when you read the book). Plus, I loved that everyone was giving each other a helping hand, despite having very little themselves, they always gave whatever they could. I think we are starting to miss that in society today. Also, seeing the different tribes that are supposed to ‘dislike’ each other, working together, and helping each other for the good of human kind was inspiring.
An added bonus to this is that $1.30 from every book sold in Canada helps an orphanage in Africa. If just 75 people give this book to someone for Christmas than the orphanage has all its fees covered for an entire week! Do you know someone you could buy this for? Let’s see how long Canada can help support this orphanage! Please check out Creation of Hope for more information.
I am a little ashamed to say that this was my first Eric Walters book. I have known about his stuff for a long time but just haven’t found one that caught my interest enough to pick it up. I will now have to take a look at a few more of his books. This book definitely impressed me.