A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star: Rwendigo Tales
A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star: Rwendigo Tales (New Growth Press, September 2017)
Follow along with thirteen-year-old Kusiima in the third book of J.A. Myhre’s The Rwendigo Tales.
Just thirteen years old, Kusiima has no time for school, sports, or hanging out with the other boys in his African village. With no father or mother to take care of him, he works long hours to support his grandmother and sickly baby sister. Then one day, Kusiima’s life suddenly changes when he travels into a nearby protected forest. In the forest, Kusiima is presented with many choices, all with uncertain outcomes. Should he go along with illegal logging? Help to save an endangered baby gorilla? Follow a donkey to who knows where?
With each choice, Kusiima has to make yet another decision about what is right in front of him. As he does, he meets a mysterious doctor who holds the key to his past and his future. In the end, Kusiima is faced with the hardest choice of all. Can he forgive a great wrong and heal a broken relationship?
Readers of all ages won’t want to put down this exciting book that addresses current realities like AIDS, malnutrition, and environmental destruction, all set in a richly detailed African adventure story. Following along as Kusiima makes his decisions, readers will find themselves considering their own choices and growing in empathy for others. This action-packed tale of a boy, his sister, and an orphaned gorilla is also a clear call to give up bitterness and forgive deep hurts, restoring broken lives and relationships.
An adventures story set in the jungle will have you captivated from the first chapter until the story ends. I found myself wondering if I would make the same decisions and Kusiima and I couldn't believe some of the choices he had to make. I was in awe and I also felt deeply privileged to read such an amazing book. I enjoyed that this book was a quick read and it appealed to my heart very much. I think young Tweens and teens would like this book. The illustrations added character to the book. I give this book 4.5/ 5 stars. Give this book a read. I think you will enjoy it. Thank you to the publishers for a copy. A favorable review was not required.
About the Author:
J. A. Myhre serves as a doctor with Serge in East Africa where she has worked for over two decades. She is passionate about health care for the poor, training local doctors and nurses, promoting childhood nutrition and development, and being the hands of Jesus in the hardest places. She is married to her best friend and colleague Scott, and together they have raised four children for whom many of her stories were written as Christmas presents.