Read the remarkable true story of a young boy's journey from civil war in east Africa to a refugee camp in Sudan, to a childhood on welfare in an affluent American suburb, and eventually to a full-tuition scholarship at Harvard University.
Following his father's advice to "treat all people-even the most unsightly beetles-as though they were angels sent from heaven," Mawi overcomes the challenges of language barriers, cultural differences, racial prejudice, and financial disadvantage to build a fulfilling, successful life for himself in his new home.
Of Beetles and Angels is at once a harrowing survival story and a compelling examination of the refugee experience. With hundreds of thousands of copies sold since its initial publication, and as a frequent selection as one book/one school/one community reads, this unforgettable memoir continues to touch and inspire readers. This special expanded fifteenth anniversary edition includes a new introduction and afterword from the author, a discussion guide, and more.
In 1983, at age seven, the author and his family arrived in this country, having fled the Eritrean and Ethiopian conflict. "This earnest account of Asgedom's life up to his graduation from Harvard is peppered with powerful moments," wrote PW. Ages 10-up.
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This book is so inspiring it just tells you to know about your inner self i had to read it for school and i thought it was going to be boring but it wasn't it was actually interesting.
Of beetles and angels
I thought the book was very influential. The story moves you... Although I had to read this... I did enjoy it.
Of Beetles and Angels
I had to read this book for school in my 10th grade year. I usually hate English, reading and or anything associated with those two, but believe it or not, I have read this book 8 good times! That's how much I loved it. I couldn't be more related. Being born in Dire Dhawa, I could relate all the politics that's going back home. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE!