Beyond the Mango Tree by Amy Bronwen Zemser

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Sarina is American, but she lives in Liberia with her family while her father works for an African lumber company. Liberia is starkly beautiful and full of deliciously unique experiences. But though there are people like Te Te, the family's housekeeper,and Oldman Jacob, the night watchman, who have strange and wonderful stories to tell, what Sarina really yearns for is a friend her own age. Then, like a quenching rain after a drought, comes a boy called Boima, and suddenly life is recharged with all the magic and dreamlike adventure of childhood. Here is an affecting story of friendship and hope, loss and renewal from exceptional first-time novelist Amy Bronwen Zemser.

2000-2001 Georgia's Picture Storybook Award & Georgia's Children's Book Award Masterlist


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Amy Bronwen Zemser is the author of "Beyond the Mango Tree", an ALA Booklist Top of the List Editors' Choice and "Publishers Weekly" Best Book, which the "New York Times" called "astonishing." She lives in Poughkeepsie, New York, with her partner and their son Raymond.
Published October 1, 1998 by Greenwillow Greenwillow Greenwillow. 176 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Travel, Children's Books, Education & Reference.

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It's a shocking scene that opens this novel about a Boston family who lives for a time in Liberia: Sarina, 12, is tied to a tree in her muddy yard, left there by her clearly unbalanced mother, who is having a ""reaction"" to her diabetes.

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The author carefully constructs the contrasts that allow readers to detect the inequalities of the society as well as the universality of friendship's rewards, through the voices of her characters, their home environments and visual images (as Boima reaches into a muddy pool to cut the twine bind...

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