“Year of No Rain,” by Alice Mead

“Year of No Rain,” by Alice Mead is the story of a group of young Sudanese boys driven from the village by warfare and drought.
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In Sudan the children must grow up quickly because life is short. Eleven-year-old Stephen is a cattle herder in his small village. He wants to become a teacher when he grows up, but education is virtually nonexistent, and his family can't even grow enough food to eat. Fourteen-year-old Wol is engaged to Stephen's older sister. He wants to marry because he plans to join the guerrilla fighters and wants to leave behind a family to remember him.

But life for both boys changes completely when they hear bombs in the village's vicinity. The soldiers are coming again to raid the village and steal the supplies that Red Cross just dropped off for the poor villagers. Stephen and Wol escape into the desert lands of Southern Sudan, separated from the rest of their family.

“Year of No Rain” is about the conditions during the late 1990's in Sudan. It uses the characters Stephen and Wol to depict the struggle for survival that thousands of Sudanese experienced daily. I found Alice Mead's story to be touching, and her characters were lifelike and believable. I would recommend “Year of No Rain” as a moving historical fiction story.

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Inkweaver Review 2008-10-19T14:48:00-05:00

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Anonymous said...

good book very touching

Anonymous said...

BORING AS HELL! Sucks!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I read this book as a report a it really mad me want to cry untill the end. Great oral report!! you helped me a lot on my book report ;)

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Anonymous said...

i love this book

Anonymous said...

Its OK the book its pretty good presentation

Anonymous said...

Pretty Awesome Book!
PAB!

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Anonymous said...

I think that I was going to die at the end of the book. Not because it was good. Because I was bored to the edge of tolerance. A book that is really similar, but way better is "A Long Way Gone" If you did or didn't like this book try my recommendation.