Walking Home by Eric WaltersWalking Home by Eric Walters

Walking Home

byEric Walters

Paperback | September 23, 2014

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Set in both the wilds and slums of Kenya, a powerful story about a brother and sister's brave journey to find a place to call home.
     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.
ERIC WALTERS is one of Canada's most popular and prolific authors for young readers. He has published more than 60 books, and has been honoured with near-countless awards. A non-stop promoter and visiting school speaker, Eric lives in Toronto, Canada.
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Title:Walking HomeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:September 23, 2014Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385681577

ISBN - 13:9780385681575

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from rollercoaster This book was very well written. The author really pulled you into a very different world and put you walking right beside the characters on their long journey. While I liked the book overall some parts of it were really slow and very hard to get through while others I just devoured. This was a really good book that pulled on my heartstrings all the way through.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book about never giving up! One of my personal favourites. Definetley recommend!
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic story about courage, hope, acceptance, and family Walters is a fantastic author and this novel is no exception to his extensive repertoire of literature for tweens and teens. Muchoki and Jata are lovable and believable characters and Walters does an excellent job of introducing readers to the diversity of people, cultures, and languages that exist in Kenya. The website to accompany the reading experience is excellent. I can't recommend this book enough!
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay It was a delightful read, and I love the characters' resilience.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay It really puts myself in the characters shoes. It reminds me of how my parents fled their country and came to Canada.
Date published: 2017-01-05

Editorial Reviews

“An inspiring story, showing how perseverance, common courtesy and bravery can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.” —Winnipeg Free Press  “A solid story of hope prevailing over despair. . . . With its . . .  comforting message of the strength of family, this story should resonate.” —Kirkus Reviews “While readers will feel confident that the siblings will arrive at their destination, numerous menacing challenges, from lions to starvation, create suspense. Walters . . . captures the hope and need driving Muchoki and Jata through empathic writing and a brisk plot.” —Publishers Weekly“Inspired by real people and events, Walters places forgiveness at the center of an adventurous story of survival in the midst of ethnic conflict. . . . Walters brings a wonderful verisimilitude to the story.” —The New York Times Book ReviewPraise for Eric Walters:   • "Eric Walters is a classic storyteller. His award-winning novels are smooth, clean reads that put ordinary kids in extraordinary situations. . . . Highly Recommended." --CM Magazine    • "This is classic Walters: a good yarn, plenty of action, lively dialogue, and quirky details drawn from research." --Quill & Quire    • "Vintage Walters . . . the adventure just doesn't stop." --Canlitforkids.com