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Lost Girl Found

Lost Girl Found

Spring 2014 Fiction
Ages: 13 & Up
Author: Laura DeLuca
Author: Leah Bassoff
ISBN: 978-1-55498-416-9
Hardcover Price: $16.95

Zenitra Lujana Paul Poni is growing up happily in Chukudum, a rural village in southern Sudan, where her father is a pharmacist and a highly respected chief of her Didinga tribe. One day, when Poni asks her wise and beloved mother how she was born, her mother replied, "Fierce."

And that's precisely the quality Poni needs to survive. The battles between the north and the south of Sudan were becoming more frequent. On the night the bombs start falling on their village, "'Run!' I hear Mama yell, and I do."

Running away becomes endless walking until Poni arrives in Lokichoggio, a refugee camp in northern Kenya. Like all unaccompanied girls, Poni is assigned to a widow. Although this "assignment" is supposed to protect the young girls, it also gives the widows a valuable asset. They can demand a bride price for each girl. Poni continues to be both smart and fierce; she ultimately saves herself and finally arrives in the United States.

Much has been written about the refugee "Boys of Sudan." This stellar story reveals the sufferings of the very few girls who managed to escape, leaving readers to ponder the plight of those who never did. Important, worthy books are not always good reads. This one is a compelling, must read page-turner.

Kemie Nix   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press

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