Sunday, February 12, 2017

An Olympic dream

An Olympic dream: the story of Samia Yusuf Omar / Reinhard Kleist, 147 pgs.

Samia is a teen living in Somalia.  She is training to be a runner and is chosen to represent Somalia in the Beijing Olympic games.  She comes in last but is heartily cheered by the crowd for her extraordinary effort.  She is dedicated to entering the London games but training is difficult at home due to the political and economic unrest.  She attempts to immigrate to Europe to train with professionals.  The trip is difficult and expensive.  This is a heart breaking story of an immigrant who just wants to live her best life.  Tragic and sad, the story and illustrations are nonetheless fabulous.

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