Book Review: Auma’s Long Run

Auma’s Long Run

by Eucabeth Odhiambo

Lerner Publishing Group

Carolrhoda Books

Children’s Fiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 01 Sep 2017

Archive Date 15 Aug 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Auma’s Long Run through Lerner Publishing Group and Netgalley:

Auma was born face down, the midwife believed that she was dead.  Everyone in Koromo believed that babies born face down wouldn’t live to see the second day of life, but Auma proved them wrong.

No one remembered her learning to walk, Auma ran.  But one day her legs start acting, she longs for running shoes.  Not only is Auma the fastest runner in school but she excels in academics as well.

Soon people all over Kenya start dying without explanation.  Auma does not dream of running though she dreams of being a doctor.

Some doctors are quick to say its Malaria, but Auma soon learns it is not Malaria but a new disease called AIDS.

Just a few months after her Baba comes home from work in the city, he too is dead from the new disease called AIDS.

Many men believe if they sleep with a virgin they will be cured, and while fetching water Auma is nearly raped.

Soon her Mother becomes ill as well and Auma has to quit school to help with the family.

I give Auma’s Long Run five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!

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