Of Beetles and Angels by Mawi Asgedom
A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard

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Now in a paperback edition, this acclaimed memoir tells the unforgettable story of a young boy's journey from a refugee camp in Sudan to Chicago, where his family survived on welfare. Mawi followed his father's advice to "treat people . . . as though they were angels sent from heaven, " and realized his dream of a full-tuition scholarship to Harvard University. Updated with 14 black-and-white photos and a new epilogue.
 

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Mawi graduated from Harvard University and delivered the commencement address at his graduation in 1999. Now 25 years old, he is a successful inspirational speaker for students, community groups, and businesses.
 
Published October 23, 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 179 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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I know only that the wilderness took its toll, that our young bodies gave way, and that we entered a more barren and deadly internal wilderness.” Too, there is more than a hint of self-aggrandizement, as when the author describes his high-school track training: “Fueled by my improvement during th...

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