The Girl Who Smiled Beads

The Girl Who Smiled Beads

A Story of War and What Comes After

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Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. It was 1994, and in 100 days more than 800,000 people would be murdered in Rwanda and millions more displaced. Clemantine and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, ran and spent the next six years wandering through seven African countries searching for safety. They did not know whether their parents were alive. At age twelve, Clemantine and Claire were granted asylum in the United States. Raw, urgent, yet disarmingly beautiful, this book captures the true costs and aftershocks of war: what is forever lost, what can be repaired, the fragility and importance of memory.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishing, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451495327
0451495322
9780451495334
0451495330
Characteristics: 274 pages : map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Weil, Elizabeth 1969-- Author

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Wamariya has written a heartbreaking account of her survival of the Rwandan genocide. In 1994, she and her sister fled Rwanda and spent the next six years migrating through Africa, looking for a safe haven. Told in alternating chapters, between her harrowing escape and her arrival in the US as a ... Read More »

“Wamariya has written a heartbreaking account of her survival of the Rwandan genocide. In 1994, she and her sister fled Rwanda and spent the next six years migrating through Africa, looking for a safe haven. Told in alternating chapters, between her harrowing escape and her arrival in the US as a... Read More »


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Mya614
May 23, 2018

Loved this book, but couldn't get a strong connection with the author at times. Wish it would go into more detail about the countries they fled too as it felt a lot was left out.

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May 23, 2018

Mya614 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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