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Of Beetles and Angels

A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard
By Mawi Asgedom (Trade Paperback, 2002)
Now in a paperback edition, this acclaimed memoir tells the unforgettable story of a young boy's journey from a refugee camp in Sudan to Chicago, where his family survived on welfare. Mawi followed his father's advice to "treat people . . . as though they were angels sent from heaven, " and realized his dream of a full-tuition scholarship to Harvard University. Updated with 14 black-and-white photos and a new epilogue.
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $10.00 US/$11.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316826204

    • On Sale Date: 09/01/2002

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    • Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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Now in a paperback edition, this acclaimed memoir tells the unforgettable story of a young boy's journey from a refugee camp in Sudan to Chicago, where his family survived on welfare. Mawi followed his father's advice to "treat people . . . as though they were angels sent from heaven, " and realized his dream of a full-tuition scholarship to Harvard University. Updated with 14 black-and-white photos and a new epilogue.

Mawi graduated from Harvard University and delivered the commencement address at his graduation in 1999. Now 25 years old, he is a successful inspirational speaker for students, community groups, and businesses.

The author is donating one-third of all final proceeds from the book to The HAT Foundation. HAT is a nonprofit organization that provides educational resources and emotional support for recently arrived third-world immigrants in the United States and provides funding for AIDS and malaria relief in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
  • "A moving memoir." * Chicago Tribune

    "An amazing story." * Oprah Winfrey

    "His simple lyrical narrative, both wry and tender, stays true to the child's viewpoint as he grows up...What stays with you is the quiet, honest drama of a family's heartrending journey."
    *Booklist

    "This earnest account of his life up to his graduation from Harvard is peppered with powerful moments."
    *Publishers Weekly

    A BookSense '76 pick

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Of Beetles and Angels
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $10.00 US/$11.00 CAN
  • Pages: 176
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316826204
  • On Sale Date: 09/01/2002
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