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Publisher Description

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.

Young Adult
November 16
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Grades 5-17

Customer Reviews

kbassally ,


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.

African Queen Beauty ,

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!

mrgamerfreak13 ,

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.

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