Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) (Coretta Scott King Honor - Illustrator Honor Title)

by Mary Williams

Other authorsGregory Christie (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2005





Lee & Low Books (2005), 40 pages


Eight-year-old Garang, orphaned by a civil war in Sudan, finds the inner strength to help lead other boys as they trek hundreds of miles seeking safety in Ethiopia, then Kenya, and finally in the United States.

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LibraryThing member kbuttry
This book is about a young boy from Sudan named Garang. War broke out in Sudan so he fled and hid in some trees. When he went back to his village, no parents were there only several young boys. They traveled to Ethiopia to be safe from war. When they got there, they went to school and stayed in a refugee camp. When war broke out in Ethiopia, the boys had to travel somewhere safe so they decided to go to Kenya. When they got to Kenya, Garang shared his story with a man named Tom, who had helped them with everything.

I enjoyed this story because it is historical and teaches children a little about war. It let’s children know what happened to some people long ago. The pictures in the book were illustrated nicely.

For extension ideas in the classroom, I would have the students research the lost boys of Sudan and make a map of their journey. The could draw where they traveled and what they think it might have looked like when they got to where they were traveling.
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LibraryThing member awidmer06
Genre: Biography
Age Appropriateness: Intermediate
Review: This book is a good example of a biography because it tells the story of eight-year-old Garang, who is orphaned by a civil war in Sudan. The information is true and accurate. Garang is among the thousands of orphaned boys whose village have been attacked. They walk hundreds of miles seeking safety while encountering dangers and hardships. However, they keep their faith and help each other. This is a heartbreaking yet true story that shows how these brothers endured courage and overcame tragedy.
Media: This book is a good example of ink and wash media. The pictures are outlined with ink to create the skeleton of the illustration and then is filed with watercolor wash. The illustrations are blended well and have even flow.
Setting: The time is important in this book to convey the trials that were occurring in Sudan and Africa. It gives readers a clearer picture of the political struggles occurring in that part of the world. It also allows readers to sympathize how war can be so cruel and injustice in our generation.
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LibraryThing member jonesm
Brothers in Hope won the 2006 Honor Illustrator Award for the illustrations done by R. Gregory Christie. I think Christie did a great job with the autumn colored illustrations. Through illustrations, readers can visualize hundreds of boys walking along dirt roads to safety. The map in the back of the book gives readers an idea of how far the boys traveled.… (more)
LibraryThing member dnati
The incredible story about the thousands "Lost Boys of Sudan" who are forced to grow up too soon as they lose their families to war. These refugees ranging from age five to fifteen walk thousands of miles in search of safety. This book is a reminder of the hard lives that some endure for the simple necessities like food, shelter, family, education and safety that most of us take for granted.… (more)
LibraryThing member TraciAlvey
This story was about a boy from Sudan who lost his family in war and met with other boys who had lost their families. The boys joined together to reach help in Ethiopia. The boys stayed in Ethiopia for a while, but they had to move yet again because of the war. The boys ended up in Kenya and, after many years, they were offered a home in the United States.

This story is a great one to share with children. It not only shows a completely different culture, but it shows the hardships that the culture has had to endure.

Something you could do with your class after reading this book is to make care packages as a class to send over to Africa to help with those in need. You could also have your class discuss what might have happened to the boys in the story after they came over to the United States.
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LibraryThing member kmeling
Brought tears to my eyes! 30,000 Sudanese children traveled 1,000 miles in the mid-1980s in search of refuge and came to be known as the Lost Boys of Sudan. Mary Williams founded The Lost Boys Foundation in 2001, this story is based on the true story of the Lost Boys as told to Williams by the young men who lived it.
LibraryThing member Zachor
"Eight-year-old Garang, orphaned by a civil war in Sudan, finds the inner strength to help lead other boys as they trek thousands of miles seeking safety in Ethiopia, then Kenya, and finally in the United States."
LibraryThing member dpiacun
The story about what these poor, poor boys went through gripped my heart, but I found the art okay. The boys homes were attacked and they were forced to flee for their lives. They fought to survive until one man offered to take them to United States years later. I can tell Christie was going for a more childish painting style of picture that fit a more African style art. However, a story like that grippes your heart pulls you in and so the pictures do not play as much of a role as the text.… (more)
LibraryThing member khoecker10
This book tells the story of Garang and his journey as a lost boy in Sudan. As a result of the brutal civil war in Sudan, Garang's family was killed and he was forced to flee Sudan with thousands of other boys. He helped form groups among the boys and together they traveled to Ethiopia. After war pushed them out of Ethiopia, the boys fled to Kenya where they faced hardships at a refugee camp. Through it all, the boys stuck together and because of their story, many were able to travel to the United States to get their educations.
Genre: Informational
critique: This book is a good example of informational because it tells the story and facts of a boy who was a part of the lost boys of Sudan. The author did research to write the story and included accurate facts and details.
Media: acrylic
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LibraryThing member epalaz
Illustration was done in acryllic medium. It is a story about African boys orphaned and losing their homes after being bombed. They had no one to depend on except each other and they travelled together to a new beginning.
LibraryThing member ktankers
I would use this book about about kids in the Sudan living in hopeless and irascible environment devoured by fear as a relating point, so that I could show them that help is always available.
LibraryThing member lnfranklin
Shows even though the lost boys had no family and nothing they were able to survive by banning together. This book can be used in history classes and to show even through turmoil you can triumph. True Story.
LibraryThing member cm37107
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.
LibraryThing member larasimmons2
This book certainly pulls at the heart strings. A different and important subject matter. I liked the book. The main theme or point of the book was to portray the story of the Sudanese Lost Boys and the hardships they faced.

I really like the story. The book addresses a tough subject matter but breaches it with a dignified approach. There are so many horrible stories of hope, war, and famine. This book takes on the story of Garang, an 8 year old Sudenese whom loses his family because of war. He travels to Ethiopia, by foot, with other Lost Boys. He is in charge of a group. This story reminded me of the mass list of things I am lucky to have.

The illustrations were interesting as well. The acrylic style I felt took on the stylistic approach of a young narrator. This I feel approach helped progress the story. The coloration of the illustrations seemed like to be what a African desert would be. A well worthy read.
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LibraryThing member Trinityc
It tells about boys who were out tending fields when their villages were attacked and so they hid. After the destruction, they found one another on the road and decided to travel to Ethiopia for refuge. The older boys "adopted" the younger ones and some took on roles of leaders. After many travels to seek safety, they eventually ended up in America where they still were not all given all they needed. This is a wonderful story to tell children to help them see what others have faced and overcome, how different others lives are and to teach them a little about where refugee children in their own schools and neighborhoods may be coming from… (more)
LibraryThing member ameliagilbertson
The true story of thousands of young Sudanese boys who narrowly escaped the violence that destroyed their communities and tore their families apart and journeyed on foot to first Ethiopia and then Kenya to find safety and a new life. The story is beautiful and inspiring, and touches poignant subjects that are important for children to be aware of.… (more)
LibraryThing member reynolds2
I have read about and learned about the Lost Boys through a variety of other sources. I enjoyed reading this more simple version of the story. Stories such as these, of great courage, perseverance and collaboration of children among the worst of circumstances are exactly the kind of stories so many of our students need to be exposed to! Truly an inspiring story!… (more)
LibraryThing member ebrossette
This book follows a group of boys fleeing a war-torn village, faced with no choice but to survive independently and flee to a safer country, Ethiopia. While the vocabulary isn't complex, the themes of war and refugee may be difficult for young readers to understand. What stuck with me the most was the page mentioning Chuti, a five-year-old refugee who was too small to walk independently.… (more)
LibraryThing member Salsabrarian
Based on true stories told to the author by the young men who were Lost Boys. Garang, an 8-year-old boy is far from home, tending his cattle herd when war comes to his village and destroys it. He meets up with thousands of other boys who also can't find their families. They walk an arduous 1,000-mile trek to Ethiopia and safety in a refugee camp where they are fed and educated. Garang meets a white man working there named Tom, to whom he tells his story of losing his family. Then war comes to Ethiopia and everyone in the camp must flee. The boys hit the road once more, headed to Kenya and another refugee camp. Life at the Kenya camp is one of survival. When Garang has grown into a young man he meets Tom again. Tom tells him about life in the United States. The U.S. has offered to take in the Lost Boys. Garang has hope for his future and new life.… (more)
LibraryThing member Rvalencia
This story is about a boy named Garang and a group of brave orphan boys known as the Lost Boys. Forced to flee their town of Sudan and head to Ethiopia on foot because of civil war. The boys' ages ranged from 5-15 years old but despite their youth they came together and traveled through the elements of Mother Nature. These boys united, staying alive by sleeping during the day and traveling at night. As you read this book you can feel the heat of the sun and the emotions the boys are going through during their incredible journey. I cannot imagine losing my family and trying to be in charge of children while also very young myself. Once the Lost Boys made it to the refugee camp in Ethiopia they realize the war had spread there as well. They had to once again flee, this time to Kenya. After being there a while, Garang is greeted by his old friend Tom and told they will have a second chance at life and will be able to move to the United States! Not many people get a second chance, but these boy not only got that chance but also deserved it. This story of perseverance touched me because it puts everything into perspective. When compared to the Lost Boys problems, all my struggles seem minor.… (more)
LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
This book is based on the heartbreaking, yet inspirational and true events in the lives of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Told through the experiences of 8-year old Garang, the story helps children understand what being a refuge is like and how seemingly small acts of individuals can bring peace to others.
LibraryThing member ecarlson2014
This picture would be best for older children, it tells the story of a boy who fled with other children form the fighting in Sudan. It's his story of survival and hope.


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Physical description

40 p.; 11.25 inches


1584302321 / 9781584302322


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