I don't know why there are so many middle grade books about running, but I'm not mad about it. I had heard good things about Auma's Long Run, and despite it being historical fiction, I was really interested in reading more about the AIDS epidemic within the Kenyan village. This is a must read!
My rating: 3.5 stars
Summary from goodreads:
In her small Kenyan village, she's a track star with big dreams. A track scholarship could allow her to attend high school and maybe even become a doctor someday. But a strange new sickness called AIDS is ravaging the village, and when her father becomes ill, Auma's family needs her help at home.
Soon more people are getting sick -- even dying -- and no one seems to know why. Now Auma faces a choice. She can either quit school and go to work to support her struggling family...or leave her loved ones behind to pursue her own future.
Auma knows her family is depending on her. But leaving might be the only way to find the answers to her questions about this new disease.