How Dare the Sun Rise

How Dare the Sun Rise

Memoirs of A War Child

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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The author shares the story of her survival of the Gatumba massacre, despite losing her sister, and how after moving to America she found healing through art and activism.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062470140
Characteristics: 288 pages : color illustrations, color portraits ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Pesta, Abigail - Author


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ArapahoeStaff8 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.

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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