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Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy’s Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard

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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

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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.

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A B says:

Worth the Read! This a wonderful book that is full of inspiration, unique stories, and a great journey this boy takes.

Gcsee says:

Very Inspiring Autobiography Read it after seeing the author on Oprah. Very inspiring story about overcoming obstacles in life which can be attainable with hard work, dedication and never losing sight of your dreams. It also helps teach those of born and raised in the U.S. how immigrants with completely different cultures struggle when moving here and what they need to do to assimilate into our country.

Cleo says:

Well written bio. Gives insight and understanding of the … Well written bio. Gives insight and understanding of the difficulties and trials that refugees must overcome. Mawi and his family will impress you with their heart and determination to succeed.

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