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Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan

By Mary Williams

Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie


Eight-year-old Garang is tending cattle far from his family's home in southern Sudan when war comes to his village. Frightened but unharmed, he returns to find everything has been destroyed.

Soon Garang meets other boys whose villages have been attacked. Before long they become a moving band of thousands, walking hundreds of miles seeking safety — first in Ethiopia and then in Kenya. The boys face numerous hardships and dangers along the way, but their faith and mutual support help keep the hope of finding a new home alive in their hearts.

Based on heartbreaking yet inspirational true events in the lives of the Lost Boys of Sudan, Brothers in Hope is a story of remarkable and enduring courage, and an amazing testament to the unyielding power of the human spirit.

Teacher's Guide

Booktalk with author Mary Williams

ALA Notable Children's Book
American Library Association (ALA)

Books Reflecting Diversity:
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Bank Street College Children's Book Committee

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor

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Outstanding Merit
Bank Street College Children's Book Committee

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Interest Level
Grades 2 - 5
Reading Level
Grades 2 - 3
African/African American Interest, Coping with Death, Discrimination, Education, Overcoming Obstacles, War, Nonfiction, Poverty
Accelerated Reader
Level: 4.7
Points: 1.0
About the Creators

Mary Williams has lived throughout the United States and Africa. She has held positions with several humanitarian organizations, including the International Rescue Committee and UNESCO. In 2000, Williams created the Lost Boys Foundation, dedicated to raising awareness about The Lost Boys and organizing resources to help them. She is the adopted daughter of Jane Fonda and a trustee of The Fonda Family Foundation. Williams lives in Atlanta, Georgia. This is her first book.

R. Gregory Christie is a three-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor. His work for Lee & Low includes two books that won this award: The Palm of My Heart and Brothers in Hope. Christie has also been twice recognized on The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books list. He currently paints in the evenings while traveling around the country doing school visits. His website is gas-art.com .

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