#MGBookmas Day 11: A MG Book With a Theme of Giving

23 Dec

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I’m going to be participating in this year’s #MGBookmas list – look for titles for the next 12 days that fit each of these fun categories! You can participate to on Instagram, Twitter or your own blog! Follow #MGBookmas for everyone’s choices.

23Day 11: A MG Book With a Theme of Giving

Title: Auma’s Long Run
Author: Eucabeth A. Odhiambo
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Publication Date: September 1, 2017
Page Number: 297 pgs.

Description from Goodreads:

Auma has been running all her life. 

In her small Kenyan village, she’s a track star with big dreams. A track scholarship could allow her to attend high school and maybe even become a doctor someday. But a strange new sickness called AIDS is ravaging the village, and when her father becomes ill, Auma’s family needs her help at home.

Soon more people are getting sick — even dying — and no one seems to know why. Now Auma faces a choice. She can either quit school and go to work to support her struggling family…or leave her loved ones behind to pursue her own future.

Auma knows her family is depending on her. But leaving might be the only way to find the answers to her questions about this new disease.”

Thoughts: Having not known much about the AIDS epidemic in Africa, this selfless girl works hard to care for her family while continuing to go to school in her village. She then must make the choice to either leave to go to college to become a doctor to help more of her community or to stay to help support her siblings. A difficult choice for a girl so young, but in the end Auma make a choice to give to even more people.

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