In 1985 southern Sudan is ravaged by war. Rebels and government forces battle for control, with ordinary people . . . people like the boy, Salva Dut . . . caught in the middle. When Salva's village is attacked, he must embark on a harrowing journey that will propel him through horror and heartbreak, across a harsh desert, and into a strange new life.Years later, in contemporary 1985 southern Sudan is ravaged by war, a girl named Nya must walk eight hours a day to fetch water. The walk is grueling, but there is unexpected hope.How these two stories intersect is told in this fascinating dual narrative, performed by David Baker and Cynthia Bishop, with the assistance of dialect coach James Achueil . . . who actually made the same journey across Africa when he was one of the "Lost Boys of the Sudan." This true story is an amazing adventure with a wonderful conclusion. Great for classroom discussions, it is literature drawn from the real world!
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Is the star of Bethlehem a myth or did it really appear in the Judea night-sky at the time of Christ's birth?Miracle, myth or astronomical fact, the notion of the Christmas star has stirred people's imagination for more than 2,000 years. David Hughes, an astronomer has been exploring, from a scientific basis, the science and myth of the star.The place to start is to gather clues from the historians. Significant historical events, such as the death of King Herod, tend to have been recorded with an astronomical correlation. If these data can be trusted, then astronomers can pinpoint possible cosmological phenomena that could have occurred. Perhaps the bright light was a comet, meteorite or even a supernova. Hughes suggests it may even have been an auspicious astrological conjunction that guided the magi to their destiny. Hughes sums up that it does not really matter what the star is or when it came to light. He feels the spirituality of the story is the most important factorhttps://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11198262#