How Dare the Sun Rise

How Dare the Sun Rise

Memoirs of A War Child

eBook - 2017
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Junior Library Guild Selection * New York Public Library's Best Books for Teens * Goodreads Choice Awards Nonfiction Finalist * Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books for Teens: Nonfiction * 2018 Texas Topaz Nonfiction List * YALSA's 2018 Quick Picks List * Bank Street's 2018 Best Books of the Year

"This gut-wrenching, poetic memoir reminds us that no life story can be reduced to the word 'refugee.'" --New York Times Book Review

"A critical piece of literature, contributing to the larger refugee narrative in a way that is complex and nuanced." --School Library Journal (starred review)

This profoundly moving memoir is the remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism.

Sandra was just ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. She had watched as rebels gunned down her mother and six-year-old sister in a refugee camp. Remarkably, the rebel didn't pull the trigger, and Sandra escaped.

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 memoir, Sandra tells the story of her survival, of finding her place in a new country, of her hope for the future, and how she found a way to give voice to her people.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2017
ISBN: 9780062470164
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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ArapahoeJody Feb 22, 2018

10 yr old Sandra Uwringiyimana watched as her mother and younger sister were attacked in a massacre in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her baby sister is killed. Read her profoundly moving memoir of survival. She then survives as a young student in New York and becomes an artist and human rights activist.

ginafeil Jan 17, 2018

When Sandra was only 10 years old, she watched men shoot her mother in the belly while she was carrying her younger sister, her refugee tent burnt down, and her pastor burned alive. She didn't know how she'd survive. Why didn't the men kill her, too? Tear jerker book, with first person historical events of what happened in Rwanda, and how one teen overcame so much and helped by spreading the word to others internationally to bring awareness to the killings in her hometown.

Jan 12, 2018

An amazing story that's definitely worth reading (even if narrated in rather unwieldy prose).

Kirsten_Library Dec 14, 2017

This book has become my "Must Read" suggestion to anyone who shows interest in stories about refugees, or anyone who likes to build their knowledge base of current world issues.
My favourite (in the sense that it was the most impacting) read of 2017. Not a feel good book, but so valuable to read.

Nov 02, 2017


PimaLib_TeneciaP Sep 05, 2017

The horrors that Sandra, her family, and the members of her tribe faced were almost too much for me to bear. This memoir is deeply moving, heart-wrenching, and at times sorrowful. Sandra's story and resilience are powerful and compelling. They pushed me to really examine what I know about the refugee experience and the conflicts in Africa.

Jul 31, 2017

An incredibly moving memoir! The author, Sandra Uwiringiyimana writes about her survival of the Gatumba massacre, her eventual immigration to America, and her path to activism. I don't usually read memoirs, but I finished this in one day. The author writes about the good and the bad, which I loved because it broke down the stereotypes often associated with "Africa", stereotypes built by Westerners. This is great for readers who love memoirs and even readers who don't usually pick up non-fiction - the writing draws you in. Just like I AM MALALA, How Dare the Sun Rise is powerful and inspiring, a must read.


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