Year of No Rain

Year of No Rain An artfully told story The history the land and the determination of a band of refugees to care for each other are vividly evoked in this important work Starred review Kirkus ReviewsIn the dry spri

  • Title: Year of No Rain
  • Author: Alice Mead
  • ISBN: 9780374372880
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An artfully told story The history, the land, and the determination of a band of refugees to care for each other are vividly evoked in this important work Starred review, Kirkus ReviewsIn the dry spring of 1999, eleven year old Stephen Majok watches as his friend Wol joins a circle of dancers Wol is celebrating only fourteen, he is engaged to Stephen s siste An artfully told story The history, the land, and the determination of a band of refugees to care for each other are vividly evoked in this important work Starred review, Kirkus ReviewsIn the dry spring of 1999, eleven year old Stephen Majok watches as his friend Wol joins a circle of dancers Wol is celebrating only fourteen, he is engaged to Stephen s sister Wol wants to marry because he might join the guerrillas in southern Sudan and fight the northern government soldiers He wants a wife to remember him Stephen thinks Wol is crazy Children should study But because of the civil war, there has been no school in their village for over a year All Stephen has left from his student days is his books and one precious pencil, and the hunger for knowledge Then, suddenly but not unexpectedly exploding bombs are heard in the tiny village Stephen s mother tells him to hurry, pack his bag, and hide beyond the forest with Wol and their friend Deng Stephen grabs his geography book, his pencil, and little else He does not want to leave his mother and sister He does not want to leave the life he loves.In her latest portrayal of children caught in the cultural crossfire School Library Journal , Alice Mead emphasizes the attachment all humans have to the small place on earth we call home, and our resistance to being displaced, even when our very lives are threatened.

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    1. ALICE MEAD has written several books about children in war ravaged societies, including Girl of Kosovo, an NCSS CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies She lives in Maine.

    2. A Year Of No Rain by Alice Mead was an amazing book. It took place in southern Sudan. A big attack has come upon Stephen and Naomi's village. Throughout this book it talks about how they were separated and how they had to walk so many miles to find each other.I enjoyed it a lot because not only was it very interesting but it taught me a lesson. I learned to appreciate what I have because it could be worse and there are a lot of people who are less fortunate than I am. I would recommend this book [...]

    3. Stephen Majok's and his family live in Southern Sudan where drought is normal and food is scare. One day, Stephen's village is attacked by government soldiers. His mother tells him and his friends, Wol and Deng to go hide and come back in a day or two when it is safe. His mother and his sister, Naomi, will stay in the village to try to keep whatever they can safe from being stolen by the soldiers. Stephen and his friends take off, but on returning to their village a few days later realize there [...]

    4. The Year Of No Rain by Alice Mead was a dreadfully sad fiction book that keep me reading just to find out if the main characters were going be okay. For example, there were six boys whose parents died, their homes had been burned and they had no water. Throughout the book, the characters go through a lot of hard times. One hard time was when their village was burned by the soldiers. When that was happening in the book I was gripping on so tight my hands started to hurt. Just when I thought som [...]

    5. I don't really have much to say about this book besides that I'm satisfied with the ending. So yeah, that's about it. Happy reading!

    6. Fast read aloud to the kids. They mostly enjoyed this book. It was a good reminder of how much we have in our lives and how easy our lives are compared to others!

    7. This a wonderful book on a boy named Stephen and how he resisted. In the spring season of 1999 a 11 year old boy named Stephen is thinking his best friend Wol as a crazy person as he wants to join the army of the civil war and he wants someone to remember him so he wants to marry Stephen's sister so she and their children remember him. Stephen has a different point of view and he wants all children to study and not fight for the country. The schools are closed since a year as the civil war is go [...]

    8. This book was very interesting to me, because as an ESL teacher, I have many students from Sudan. This book is about boys from a village in South Sudan whos' village gets distroyed by rebels for food. They go searching for a refugee camp and have to walk for days. It is about the real-life struggle for the people of Sudan because of the civil war. It is heart breaking, but inspirational at the same time.

    9. I expected more out of this book than what I got. It was still interesting to learn about the life and culture in Sudan in 1999. The story followed two boys as they basically wandered around in the wilderness for a while before they eventually returned to exactly where they had been in the beginning of the book. It was a fast read for me, but I think the author could have done a lot more with the story. Oh well.

    10. Eleven year old Stephen lives in southern Sudan in the midst of not only a civil war between north and south but in the midst of a deep drought. Planes fly in aid packages of food and water but they no sooner hit the ground than the rebels show up to take the food as well as capture the boys as soldiers and the girls as slaves. When Stephen’s village is hit he and some friends escape and try to make it further south to a refugee camp.

    11. I finally finished it! I was bummed out with this book, I wanted so much more from it. I wanted the detail of how the Sudanese people suffered from the Civil Wars there in Africa. I wanted to have the detail on how horrible it would be without water, and just eating handfuls of raw rice. I would put this book as more of a 'tween' read, rather than a Young Adult. But manbummer this book wasn't as descriptive as I would like!

    12. I really enjoyed this story as the author describes the children's feeling in a very telling way. The rather positive end brings a little hope for these children who experience war in their very dry and poor country. I actually learned how to clean very dirty water, now I need to find a non glazed clay pot!

    13. I thought this was a great book for my special education 11th and 12th grade students who have low level reading skills. It was easy to read, but provided content that was age appropriate, engaging for students, and gave students a look into the Sudanese Civil War and culture.

    14. The story of three boys without their families in war torn Sudan. I didn't really like this story. I felt like it wasn't very well written, and didn't give enough attention to plight of the children in Sudan. It made the children seem to westernized in order to be relatable, but it didn't work.

    15. Steven and his friends are run out of their village by rebels. They try to survive while heading toward a refugee camp. The raw emotion expressed in this book would break anyone's heart. It's a very well-written book. I could see a lesson on Sudan or just a focus on another culture.

    16. I gave this book 5 stars because it was very interesting. I am still wondering how they fit all this information in 144 pages. It was a very good history lesson.

    17. This book was boring all they did was walk around looking for their sister and when they came back to their village their sister was their.

    18. Hate itIt sucks I don't even no why people would by this. I get its about the wars in Sudan but it sucks big time

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