Lost Boy, Lest Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan
Booklist Reviews 2010 November #2
Dau's adult memoir, God Grew Tired of Us (2007), was made into an award-winning documentary film, but even YA collections that already have that title, as well as similar stories about the "Lost Boys" who fled civil war in Sudan, will want this spare riveting account, which includes a "Lost Girl." In alternating narratives, John and Martha, who are both Christian Dinkas from Southern Sudan, describe wrenching separation from their families; witnessing mass slaughter; trekking through jungles, deserts, and bush; and reaching UN refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, where each lived for many years before arriving in the U.S., meeting, and marrying. As a young teen in the refugee camps, Martha fled an arranged marriage and waged a successful campaign to place more women in U.S. homes. A small section of color photos show scenes from refugee camps and traditional villages as well as John and Martha on their wedding day and with their children. An afterword and time line offer more background on the war that claimed more than two million lives. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
With Michael S. Sweeney and K. M. Kostyal. In this memoir, married couple John Bul Dau and Martha Arual Akech, who both grew up in peaceful settings, describe how their quiet days turned grim as civil war raged into southern Sudan. Escaping the war, they started new lives in the United States and continue to help those in need. Their story is personal and inspirational. Some photographs are included. Timeline. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.