Brothers in Hope
By Bloomsbury Review
An inspiring account of the survival of thousands of young boys in the war-torn country of Sudan in the mid-1980s, Williams’ picture book is a must-read for children and adults alike. Based on actual events as they were related to Williams by the boys she met through her humanitarian work, the story is told from the perspective of eight-year-old Garang, a fictional character whose separation from his family and amazing tale of survival reflect the real stories of the thousands of male children between the ages of 5 and 15 who banded together to make the journey from southern Sudan to Ethiopia and Kenya. This compelling story is rendered all the more powerful by the illustrations of award-winning artist R. Gregory Christie. The author’s note and afterword provide historical information on the Lost Boys’ journey and the resettlement of 3,800 of the survivors in the US.