WaterBrook Press (March 17, 2009)
Teens and adults alike will enjoy this mystery, adventure all the while learning about the genocides and civil wars that have recently plagued many African countries. Cooney presents this story through the eyes of an American family and the African refugees they have taken into their home. Readers discover not only what the American media and culture see and think regarding these events but we also get a firsthand view from those who have recently been in the midst of all that strife. Cooney treats her readers to a compelling story and characters you canâ€™t help but love but she also brings to light some truths about life in other countries where people donâ€™t have the luxuries or protections we have here in the US. Be sure and grab a copy for yourself and for any teens in your life that enjoy mysteries or have an interest in Africa and its people. (ISBN#9781400074242, 240pp, $8.95)
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