Auma's Long Run by Eucabeth OdhiamboAuma's Long Run by Eucabeth Odhiambo

Auma's Long Run

byEucabeth Odhiambo

Hardcover | September 1, 2017

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Auma loves to run. In her small Kenyan village, she's a track star with big dreams. A track scholarship could allow her to attend high school and maybe even become a doctor. But a strange new sickness called AIDS is ravaging the village, and when her father becomes ill, Auma's family needs her help at home. Soon more people are getting sick-even dying-and no one knows why. Now Auma faces a difficult choice. Should she stay to support her struggling family or leave to pursue her own future? Auma knows her family is depending on her, but leaving might be the only way to find the answers to questions about this new disease.

.A BEA Editors' Buzz Pick
.A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle-Grade Book of 2016
.A Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year

Eucabeth Odhiambo is a professor of Teacher Education at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. As a classroom teacher she has taught all grades between kindergarten and middle school. This is her first novel.
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Title:Auma's Long RunFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 7.75 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:September 1, 2017Publisher:Lerner Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1512427845

ISBN - 13:9781512427844

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"At its vibrant heart Auma's Long Run is a coming of age story whose journey is centered on sustaining direction amidst a backdrop where fixity has been lost. It does a marvelous job of simultaneously conveying the world of a rural Kenyan village in the 1980s, along with the immediacy of its narrator's personal ambition in conflict with her duty to family and community. The drama of the narrative is fueled by a sense of traditional balance undermined by the, as yet unidentified corrosive force of AIDS, along with counterbalancing educational and athletic opportunity. Auma, a strong runner and a gifted student, is the ideal narrator to bring together the strain of restoring balance to an injured world. Her honesty, integrity, talent and personal ambition, are themselves set against her sense of duty. As moving as it is accessible and informative, Auma's story is illumined by a surprising vision of hope made all the more powerful by its realism, limited nature, and coinciding elements of loss and sacrifice. Auma's Long Run is a superb story which will resonate richly in the minds of young readers."-Kenny Brechner, Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers