The Blonde Bookworm: How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana -- Review

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana -- Review

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Title: How Dare the Sun Risk: Memoirs of a War Child 
Author: Sandra Uwiringiyimana
Pages: 304
Publishing: May 16th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 0062470167 


This profoundly moving memoir is the remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism.

Sandra was just ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. She had watched as rebels gunned down her mother and six-year-old sister in a refugee camp. Remarkably, the rebel didn’t pull the trigger, and Sandra escaped.

Thus began a new life for her and her surviving family members. With no home and no money, they struggled to stay alive. Eventually, through a United Nations refugee program, they moved to America, only to face yet another ethnic disconnect. Sandra may have crossed an ocean, but there was now a much wider divide she had to overcome. And it started with middle school in New York.

In this memoir, Sandra tells the story of her survival, of finding her place in a new country, of her hope for the future, and how she found a way to give voice to her people.


Wow! What a powerful and heartbreaking read. I was shocked to read about such terrible things going on in our world. Sandra's story is an unbelievable one filled with hate and tragedy. It is also a story of a family filled to the brim with perseverance and love. I was in total awe of Sandra's family and their ability to fight for a better life even after enduring so much pain and suffering.

Sandra and her family moved to the U.S. in search of a new and safe life, but they faced many struggles and their new life was not quite as glamorous as they had initially hoped. Sandra recounts the struggles of living in a new place and the prejudices that they continued to face. I knew the story would be touching, but I had no idea how much this story would impact me. I don't want to rate this book with stars, as I don't feel that you can truly rate a book based on a person's life, but I would highly recommend this book to readers of all genres. It is a touching and heartbreaking story that you will not regret picking up! 

A huge thank you to Katherine Tegen Books for sending this book my way! 


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