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A Calf Named Brian Higgins: An Adventure in Rural Kenya
Contributor(s): Ball, Kristen

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ISBN: 1947159003     ISBN-13: 9781947159006
Publisher: Red Chair Pr
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: August 2018


Thirteen-year-old Hannah Higgins is convinced her summer is ruined when she is forced to travel to Africa and work in a remote village in Kenya with her mom and uncle. Never having been to a developing country, she finds the food gross and the community filthy. She has to live without electricity or running water. Then she is told she must attend school. Just when she thinks nothing could make this trip any worse, she learns people there are dying of hunger and preventable disease. Hannah becomes frustrated and wants to help, but when poverty threatens the lives of people she loves, all she wants to do is go home.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Voluntarism; Fiction.
Poverty; Fiction.
Hunger; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | Africa
- Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2018156961
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Calf Named Brian Higgins
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.50" W x 0.75" (1.20 lbs) 264 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

After 13-year-old Hannah and her mother travel from the U.S. to Sauri, a small Kenyan town where Hannah's uncle Brian works for a non-governmental organization, they experience challenges as they move through the country, including the lack of paved roads to the rural village. Once they arrive, Hannah, who is quick to bicker with her mother and take her own luxuries for granted, begins to see her own privilege. (Factoids about inequality and deprivation, such as that 2.4 billion people in the world lack access to toilets, are integrated into the story.) When Brian is killed in a bus crash, Hannah and her Kenyan friend Wilkister decide to try to get the road to Sauri paved to prevent further tragedies. Not all of the characters are well developed, but Higgins, who has lived and worked in Sauri, writes from an informed visitor's perspective in this coming-of-age journey that engages readers in Hannah's adventures while educating them about the stark conditions in much of the developing world. Ages 9–10. (Aug.)

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