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GrUpThe greatest storytellers connect with readers through universal truths, and Uwiringiyimana tells her own profound story with clarity and honesty After a heart pounding cliff hanger opening, Uwiringiyimana goes back in time to revisit her childhood in Uvira, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Although occasionally interrupted by bouts of war and subsequent migration, her childhood was rich and fulfilling However, everything changed during a stay at a refugee camp The camp at Gatumba was attacked by the Forces for National Liberation, a militant rebel groupa deadly event that would forever alter Uwiringiyimana and her family The resulting narrative is a powerful look at the family s move to the United States, the challenges of adjusting to a different culture, Uwiringiyimana s painful recognition of her trauma from the massacre, and, finally, the healing she experienced as she took ownership of her emotional needs Throughout, readers will be able to relate to Uwiringiyimana s adolescent struggles of fitting in and her relationship with her parents as a new adult The title is a critical piece of literature, contributing to the larger refugee narrative in a way that is complex and nuanced but still accessible for a YA audience VERDICT This poignant memoir is a must have for teen collectionsHannah Ralston, Webster Public Library, NYThis gut wrenching, poetic memoir reminds us that no life story can be reduced to the word refugee Uwiringiyimana weaves the pieces of her life into a fine tapestry that evokes deep empathy, even as it provides an excellent introduction for young readers to the political and economic climate in a conflict ridden African region New York Times Book ReviewThe title is a critical piece of literature, contributing to the larger refugee narrative in a way that is complex and nuanced but still accessible for a YA audience This poignant memoir is a must have for teen collections School Library Journal starred review As America s doors threaten to shut against refugees, this memoir could not be timelier Her ability to summon the chaos and terror is extraordinary, but then, so is she Uwiringiyimana has emerged as a powerful spokesperson for the plight of the dispossessed BooklistWith compassion and perspicacity, Uwiringiyimana shares the journey through which she became a courageous advocate for her tribe and refugees everywhere This is my story I must keep telling it, until the international community proves that my family and all others are not disposable Publishers WeeklySandra s account of her transition to America is fully as engrossing as her family s escape from their war torn homeland, and her memories of trying to navigate American culturewill provoke consideration even with readers who look upon immigrant classmates and neighbors with indifference Bulletin of the Center for Children s Booksthe politically and culturally complex picture of Africa that the author paints is welcome, and the complexities of black identity for recent immigrants versus that of diasporic black people are not often touched upon in YA literature Horn Book Magazine A story of tragedy, terror, survival, and hope Uwiringiyimana becomes a powerful voice for many who are silenced girls, women, and immigrants everywhere, refugees in particular This hard hitting autobiography will have readers reeling as it shows one young woman s challenging path to healing Kirkus ReviewsA brave and honest story that puts a human face on the international refugee crisis and asks us all to walk a mile in Sandra s shoes Patricia McCormick, author of Sold and Never Fall DownSandra s life story has profound power From Africa to America, to the world an inspiring tale and a riveting read Joanna Coles, Chief Content Officer, Hearst MagazinesIn a world on fire, Sandra s story of survival delivers essential truths and a message of peace and unity that speaks to us all Tina Brown, founder and CEO of Tina Brown Live Media Women in the World