Lost Boy, Lost Girl  Escaping Civil War in Sudan by John Bul Dau, Martha Arual Akech

Lost Boy, Lost Girl Escaping Civil War in Sudan

Written by John Bul Dau, Martha Arual Akech
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Lost Boy, Lost Girl Escaping Civil War in Sudan by John Bul Dau, Martha Arual Akech

One of thousands of children who fled strife in southern Sudan, John Bul Dau survived hunger, exhaustion, and violence. His wife, Martha, endured similar hardships. In this memorable book, the two convey the best of African values while relating searing accounts of famine and war. There's warmth as well, in their humorous tales of adapting to American life. For its importance as a primary source, for its inclusion of the rarely told female perspective of Sudan's lost children, for its celebration of human resilience, this is the perfect story to inform and inspire young readers.

About the Author

John Bul Dau is a Dinka from southern Sudan. One of thousands of lost boys who fled their homeland to survive, he passed though hunger exhaustion, and violence, finding shelter at refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. In 2001 he came to the United States where he now lives with his wife and daughter. Michael S. Sweeny is the author of The Military and the Press: An Uneasy Truce; From the Front: The Story of War Featuring Correspondents' Chronicles; and Secrets of Victory: The office of Censorship and the American Press and Radio in World War II. Michael Sweeney lives in Ohio. Karen Kostyal has written several books for National Geographic, including the children's book, Trial By Ice: A photobiography of Sir Ernest Shackleton, and the newly released Abraham Lincoln's Extraordinary Era. She's a history enthusiast with a strong fascination for the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

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160 pages


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Publication date

12th October 2010



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