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The Wooden Ox

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Keri Anderson is a typical thirteen- year- old . . . kind of. She's got an adorable yet highly annoying little brother, unending peer pressure, and moments of such clutziness that she really would like to crawl under a rock. But that's where the normalness ends. She and her family live in Mozambique, Africa, right in the middle of a major civil war. Though the war forces t ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 25th 2002 by Kregel Publications (first published September 15th 2002)
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Rachel Diephouse
This book reminded me a lot of the times I've spent in Mozambique. From toy building to capulanas to chicken stew and the delicacy of chicken feet, the author's telling of the culture made me long to visit again. I really enjoyed the integration of Portuguese and the Mozambican worldview. It was easy for me to launch myself into that world. It was frightening and heartbreaking to understand the conflict present in civil wars that use child soldiers. I found myself feeling Keri's feelings as she ...more
It is so hard to imagine, as an outsider, what life might be like for an African family who has lost, or who lives in constant risk of losing, so much, in a war that feels utterly pointless. Telling a story from the civil war in Mozambique through the point-of-view of a teenaged American girl, Leanne Hardy captures just that. In the Wooden Ox, we follow the experiences of an American family and of a Mozambican family, seeing into the hearts of very good people in a very difficult situation.

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Nov 18, 2011 LeAnne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: families
Civil war is tearing Mozambique, Africa, apart. And whether she realizes it or not the war is about to become very real to Keri Anderson. While bringing clothes to a village in desperate need, the Anderson family is stranded in the middle of enemy territory and kidnapped by armed rebels.

By night, the Andersons and some friendly villagers are forced to march deep into the bush. When Vovô, Keri's African "grandfather," is left behind on the trail to die, Keri is furious with her dad for letting it
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Although I grew up in the Midwest of the United States, I have lived in six countries on four continents. I have sipped cream tea in Oxfordshire, eaten stewed goat at a Mozambican wedding, slid down rocks in a Mato Grosso river and shopped at Mall of America. My books for children and young people come out of my cross-cultural experiences and my passion to use story to convey spiritual truths in a ...more
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