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About the Book
The story of Kusiima touched my heart. As a reader you cannot help but be saddened by the poverty, illnesses and poaching that you read about. It is absolutely heart breaking. However, in the midst of that, J.A. Myhre was able to paint a picture of hope.
Kusiima is a strong character that is simply trying to do what is best for his family. I loved the chapters were his grandmother told him of his mother and how he came to be. She was warm, yet honest. While some disagree with her honesty in that moment, I feel that it was necessary and added to the story. It also helped to build Kusiima’s character. His story could have turned out so much differently had his grandmother not told him the truth.
Two extra things that were great about this book – the illustrations and glossary at the end. I found it easier to connect with the setting by having some of the writing in the native language. Having the glossary in the back made it that much easier to follow. The illustrations confirmed what I had already pictured in my head. For a YA book, it may help break up the heavy overtones a little as well.
I think that people of all ages will enjoy this book. It provides hope and encouragement, and was beautifully written. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
J. A. Myhre serves as a doctor with Serge in East Africa where she has worked for over two decades. She is passionate about health care for the poor, training local doctors and nurses, promoting childhood nutrition and development, and being the hands of Jesus in the hardest places. She is married to her best friend and colleague Scott, and together they have raised four children for whom many of her stories were written as Christmas presents.