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Cry Of The Giraffe (2010)

by Judie Oron(Favorite Author)
3.57 of 5 Votes: 5
1554512719 (ISBN13: 9781554512713)
Annick Press
review 1: Didn't know about Ethiopian Jews, nor about awful conditions there, how the society just tolerates child slavery, prostitution. So thankful for a stable political situation and basic human rights protection when I read stories about helpless victims of injustice. I preferred the way this story is told to 'The Bite of the Mango' (story of Mariatu Kamara's terrible wartime experiences in Sierra Leone), but I much prefer Sharon McKay's writing when it comes to writing about children in war situations (War Brothers, Thunder over Kandahar)--there's more plot & suspense, more character development. A worthwhile read, a story that deserves to be told, but not gripping.
review 2: This book is hard to read because it is just so painful. The young heroine faced so man
... morey hardships. She was mistrusted for being a black Jew in Ethiopia, fought to get the most minimal education, lived in a wretched refugee camp (that's probably about the only kind there are), kicked out of Sudan without her family, and that is just the beginning. The author writes of Wuditu's experiences in a very dignified style, and although I think some of the subject matter is too old for the 12 year olds I work with, the book is written in a very tasteful manner. The end seemed a bit rushed and forced when Wuditu meets the author, and I'm not quite sure why. The book, however, is amazing because many of us don't know much about Jews in Africa and the horrid conditions they faced (still face?) in very recent times. A quick but powerful read. The Return by Sonia Levitin is a similar story also worth reading. less
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I love when I learn about a piece of history I knew nothing about!
I tried to keep up with it but it suddenly turned very boring...
hard to read, but a MUST
its a great book so far
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