I have enjoyed a few of the novels written by Eric Walters – an author who writes for the younger audience. This weekend I spent time reading one of his latest stories: Walking Home. The story is about a thirteen year old Kenyan boy, Muchoki, and his younger sister Jata. Political violence has killed their father and destroyed their home. Muchoki, Jata and their ailing mother live in an overcrowded refugee camp where they found refuge after the destruction of their home. With the death of their mother, the two children are orphaned. Driven by a desperate optimism, Muchoki and Jata set off on what seems an impossible quest: to walk over a hundred miles across Kenya in search of their last remaining family.
“I had hope too – hope that my mother would get better and we would then leave and her family would welcome us. I had started to realise how powerful hope was. After water and food, shelter from the weather and a place to sleep, it was the most powerful thing that could sustain a person.” (p71, Doubleday Canada, 2014)
This story is one of hope and optimism and can be enjoyed by adults as well as its target audience (children in middle school). I am not surprised that this book was nominated for the Red Maple Award. Not only is it well written, it touches a chord in your heart.
What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
(This post is linked to Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays at Books and a Beat)