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    9781773061955 Paperback / softback, Trade paperback (US), $10.99 9781554984183 EPUB, $9.95 9781554985258 Kindle, $9.95
  • Reading Levels

    Lexile measure: 750L Guided Reading Level: Z+
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Lost Girl Found
By (author): Leah Bassoff By (author): Laura DeLuca
Leah Bassoff , Laura DeLuca

Imprint:

Groundwood Books - Toronto

ISBN:

9781554984169

Product Form:

Hardcover

Form detail:

Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Printed dust jacket
English

Audience:

Young Adult : Age (years) 13, Grade (CAN) 8, Grade (US) 8
Mar 01, 2014
$16.95 CAD
Out of print

Dimensions:

8.25in x 5.44 x 0.75 in | 0.8 lb

Page Count:

216 pages

Illustrations:

Map
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Africa
 
Parents' Choice Award for Fiction (Gold) 2014, Winner An ALA Notable Children's Book 2015, Commended USBBY Outstanding International Book 2015, Commended Colorado Book Award for Young Adult Literature 2015, Winner
  • Short Description
In war-torn Sudan, a girl must make heart-rending choices as she fights for survival and a chance at a future.

In war-torn Sudan, a girl must make heart-rending choices as she fights for survival and a chance at a future.

“This short, quickly paced narrative will stay with readers for the rest of their lives.” School Library Journali, STARRED REVIEW

“Moving and necessary.” Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

For Poni, life in her small village in southern Sudan is simple and complicated at the same time. Stay in school. Beat up any boy who tries to show attention. Watch out for the dangers in the river. But then the war comes. And when soldiers arrive in her village and bombs begin to rain from the sky, there is only one thing for Poni to do. Run.

Poni runs for her life, and alongside thousands of refugees, she must then make a long, dusty trek across the east African countryside. Driven by the sheer will to survive, Poni finds her way to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, where she hopes to be reunited with her family. And if she is lucky, she will one day be able to convince the authorities that she is worthy to go to the land of opportunity. But the misery in Kakuma is almost overwhelming, and sooner than Poni could have imagined, she is on the run again.

With single-minded determination, Poni survives hell and back, but she cannot escape the war’s devastating psychological effects or her survivor’s guilt. In a heartbreaking final twist, Poni finds her mother just as she is about to leave for America—forcing her to make the hardest decision of all.

Key Text Features
map
historical note
timeline
glossary
references

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3
Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Leah Bassoff is a writer and middle-school teacher and a former assistant editor at Penguin. She has written for Denver Voice and The Coloradan. She lives in Denver. Visit Leah's website: http://leahjbassoff.com/

Laura DeLuca teaches anthropology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has done extensive fieldwork in East Africa and has written articles on her experiences with Sudanese refugees in Anthropology News, Anthropology Matters and Journal of Refugee Studies. She lives in Denver.

This short, quickly paced narrative will stay with readers for the rest of their lives. - School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Readers will come away with clear pictures of gender roles in Poni’s culture as well as the South Sudan conflict’s devastating physical and psychological effects. . . . Moving and necessary. - Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Poni is such a fully realized and sympathetic character that she engages readers from start to finish. - Horn Book

This is a profound rendering of a southern Sudanese female heroine who must first go down into darkness before she can rise. Women around the world will savor this stunning book.

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