look at me,” Muma insists. She collects both my hands in hers. “The Janjaweed
attack without warning. If ever they come—run.”
Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob,
old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in
Nyala—Amira’s one true dream.
But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is
shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town
and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs
to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey—on
foot—to safety at a refugee camp. Her days are tough at the camp, until the
gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind—and all kinds of possibilities.
This inspiring story by Andrea Davis Pinkney, New
York Times bestselling author and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, is a powerful tale of one girl’s triumph against all
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