How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child

Sandra Uwiringiyimana (Author) Abigail Pesta (Illustrator)
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117574
Product Type: Paperback Books
Age Groups: Ages 13 to 15, Ages 16 to 18

In this powerful memoir, Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tells the incredible true story of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism.

Sandra Uwiringiyimana was just ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. The rebels had come at night—wielding weapons, torches, and machetes. She watched as her mother and six-year-old sister were gunned down in a refugee camp, far from their home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The rebels were killing people who weren't from the same community, the same tribe. In other words, they were killing people simply for looking different.

"Goodbye, life," she said to the man ready to shoot her.

Remarkably, the rebel didn't pull the trigger and Sandra escaped into the night.

Thus began a new life for her and her surviving family members. With no home and no money, they struggled to stay alive. Eventually, through a United Nations refugee program, they moved to America—only to face yet another ethnic disconnect. Sandra may have crossed an ocean but there was now a much wider divide she had to overcome. And it started with middle school in New York.

In this profoundly moving memoir, Sandra tells the story of her survival, of finding her place in a new country, and of her hope for the future.

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SKU 117574
ISBN 9780062470157
Language English
Lexile ® Measure HL790L
Page Count 304
Product Type Paperback Books
Book Type Young Adult Nonfiction
Additional Contributor Abigail Pesta
Primary Contributor Sandra Uwiringiyimana
Age Groups Ages 13 to 15, Ages 16 to 18
Publisher Katherine Tegen Books