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Walking Home

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  760 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Set in both the wilds and slums of Kenya, a powerful story about a brother and sister's brave journey to find a place to call home.
13-year-old Muchoki and his younger sister, Jata, can barely recognize what's become of their lives. Only weeks ago they lived in a bustling Kenyan village, going to school, playing soccer with friends, and helping at their parents' store. But
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Doubleday Canada (first published September 16th 2014)
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Dana

It is a rare talent for an author to weave a story that is mature enough for young adults and yet still appropriate for children, however Mr. Walters has succeeded in this task magnificently. I could not put this book down, I was up all night reading it, desperate to find out how Muchoki and Jatat's journey ended.

I can't remember the last book I read where the main characters were so loveable. This had me rooting for them the entire time. Jata is a little ray of sunshine that often had me
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Chase_E1
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In “Walking Home” by Eric Walters he shows the journey of a family who gets split apart trying to find a safe place away from the war. Muchoki a 13 year old boy who wants to find more about the war in his village. Is trying to become a leader for his family. His mother and father have died and now it’s only him and his sister. Muchoki has came up with a plan to leave the refugee camp to walk to his grandparents house which is far away. While reading this book I have realized that Muchoki would ...more
Skip
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: refugees
A heart-warming story of two African orphans finding their way home, written for middle schoolers. Muchoki and Jata are living in a refugee camp with their malaria-stricken mother, following their narrow escape and their father's death, when their village was attacked by another Kenyan tribe. When the mother dies and the two are threatened with separation, they flee on foot helped by a guard befriended by Muchoki. In fact, Muchoki's kindness and generosity saves them again and again on their ...more
Christine Varga
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I did receive my copy of the book through the Goodreads First Reads program. However, my experience with this novel went beyond the book itself as the book directed me to visit ericwalterswalkinghome.com (the companion website). The site includes pictures, maps, audio clips and so, so, so much information. If you or your child is planning on reading this, you must check this out!

This is a clever and emotionally touching novel. It's written at the right level for a grade 6-8 reader, while still
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JumbleofJargon
Why are the best books always the hardest to review? Perhaps it's hard to articulate something as intangible and ephemeral as a feeling. Especially when the English language is restricted to synonyms / variations of happy, sad and angry.

I cannot recall a novel that so strongly imbued me with a desire to survive.

One reason Walking Home clawed open my chest and set up camp in my heart is because my Dad immigrated to America from West Africa for college a million years ago. I just realized he was
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Kitty Jiang
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book is about how a thirteen years old brother Muchoki brought his seven years old sister Jata journey. Their father was killed during a political violence, and unfortunately their mother died because of malaria. Two kid was left alone, they have to find their grandparents. During the long journey, They learned that every journey, no matter how far, stars with one step. They made friend along the way, and they stayed positive. Finally, they found their grandparents and started a new life.
Allen Central
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The heartwarming book of a journey home and kind the people who help along the way.
Stacy Sautel
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A richly, heartfelt and factual middle grade book about a brother and a sister and their difficulties during the 2007-2008 political turmoil in Kenya. The accompanying information on the author’s website (e.g., facts, author’s notes, pictures, videos, etc.) was beneficial and extremely informative.
Richard
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
2 african children try to escape voilence because they don't like their new nations leader, why? People think he broke an election to win
Michelle
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would give this book 4.5 because it was an adventurous story and had a great plot twist
Alicia
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Walking Home" was one of the best books I've ever read!!!
Krish
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book, Walking Home is written by the adventurous Eric Walters. Walking Home is a improbable and astonishing book. It was published in September 23, 2014. Walking Home is one my favourite books because it has adventure, drama, tragedy, fantasy and suspense. After publishing Walking Home, Eric Walters was very impressed on how many people liked his book. Walking Home is a book that everyone will like.

Walking Home is about a 13 year old boy, named as Muchoki and his little sister, Jata trying
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Janice Forman
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although "Walking Home" is fictional, this story was inspired by real events. Events so different from my world, it is difficult for me to fully comprehend that this is the norm for many children in Kenya.

Eric Walters takes the reader on a remarkable journey -- a journey of loss, but more importantly, a journey of hope. Following bitter fighting in their rural village, that ultimately leaves them orphaned, thirteen year-old, Muchoki and his younger sister, Jata, set out to find their maternal
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Kiara
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had to read this book for the matrix program and I didn't expect to actually enjoy it. Eric Walters mostly writes about tragedies and I my expectations were low for this book. It was actually a very good book and the characters were great. The story was about a boy Muchoki whose dad dies in a riot in a church. Then him, his sister and mother were forced to go to a camp to stay safe. There are many different tribes and they were starting wars with the others. His mother had been very sick with ...more
Praxedes
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
I work as a Librarian in a Nairobi school, and this book seemed like a great idea for a Summer reading program. It takes place in Kenya during a critical time in its history, the characters are teens/tweens, and the book has an interactive feature where kids can supplement the reading by accessing the novel's website. Sounds great, right? Well, it isn't.

Walters describes the plight of siblings who are orphaned during Kenya's 2007-2008 uprising. These kids have to walk over 200 kilometers to
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Pam Saunders
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Riley 17
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
I gave this book a 2 star rating because it wasn't as exciting as I expected it to be. Especially from coming from such a good and exciting author. The story did have a few exciting parts but not enough. The thing that I really liked about the book was that the boy filled in as his sisters father and took care of her even after everything he went through.
Trenton Yaw
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Muchoki, a thirteen-year-old boy with a seven-year-old little sister named Jata, were two children with only a mother. They lived in the village of Eldoret with their family. They owned a house, farm, and a store in the market. Muchoki is Kikukamba because his mother is Kamba and his father are Kikuyu. Muchoki and his family never realized that it mattered that if you knew who was Kamba, Kikuyu or Luo, but one day they finally had to figure it out.

Muchoki had lost his father after the church
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MArroyo
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jennifer Xia
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an extremely touching and heart-warming book. It's hard to articulate something as intangible and ephemeral as a feeling, the feelings that this book gave me was hard to describe. It describes how a thirteen years old brother Muchoki and a seven years old sister Jata can complete an incredible journey in a dilemma. Their parents died for various reasons, they were left alone,they have to find their grandparents. In the process of this unbelievable journey, they didn't have any ...more
sam
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Terry Maguire
This is a deeply moving & carefully researched work of realistic fiction based on the lives of children orphaned in Kenya due to political unrest & disease. 13-yr-old Muchoki, after leaving the refugee camp where he and his sister had lived with their mother, bravely strikes out to walk nearly 100 miles from the Mara to Nairobi and on to Kikima. The hardships that he and young Jata face are tempered by beautiful acts of kindness from strangers - some of whom go out of their way to help ...more
Robert
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eric-walters
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Layla
DNF 61%
The book wasn't bad. I just didn't care.

Okay, so I kind of finished it, because it was for school, but only in the smallest sense of the word.
When it was my turn to pick out vocab in my group, I just skimmed for words, I didn't really read it.

I want to read it, but I was hoping I'd end up liking it anyway.
I didn't care about the characters. If I don't care about them, I can't care about what happens to them.

I also think using contractions wouldn't hurt.

Also, as one of my group members
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Emma
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
*4 STARS*
I had to read this for school, and let me just say, this is one of the best things I have been forced against my will to read. This was very important and it really made you think. You feel like you are along for the journey because you are literally being put in these children's shoes and seeing things from their perspective. You really feel for Muchoki and Jata and what they have gone through. Although, this was very boring at times and the ending was very sudden and unrealistic. It
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Tori Grasley
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
This book was so heartwarming. It did fit the typical “eliminate the parents, then make the kids face a bunch of hardships, then they find a home” thing, but I still really enjoyed it. I really love Eric Walters’ writing. I read it in the car, and after I finished it, I put it in a cubby above my head. The next time we turned a corner, the book fell and whacked me on the head. A small price to pay for being able to read this.
Harriette
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since I have read an Eric Walters book, even though I have read a total of 60 of them so far. This book did not disappoint. Even though I did not take advantage of the digital companion promoted in the book, I was able to visualize the journey of Muchoki and Jata because of the vivid descriptions. It has been said that every great book contains the theme of "home," and this young adult novel takes this theme to teach many truths about life.
Spiralcore Duh Broz
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an amazing story about a boy and his younger sister beating the odds and walking for more than 200 kilometers from Nairobi to Kikima. The author uses details so I can imagine it in my mind. It is such a touching story plot and how wonderful it is to see that in the end the boy meets his long lost family.
Elisabeth McCann
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Walking home is a realistic fiction novel. It had a very powerful message, that I loved. It was a very realistic message, the main character Muchoki is a 13 year old boy that is very relatable. It tingled my heart very much. You should read this book.
Jia
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Honestly is a great book, except found it a bit unrealistic. The people he met on the way are wayyyy to nice. I doubt that a lot of the things that happened in the book would happen IRL. Although I did like the story plot.
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Eric was born in Toronto in 1957, which makes him "real old". But, as Eric says, "Just because I have to grow old doesn't mean that I have to grow up!" In his many roles as parent, teacher, social worker, youth sports coach and writer he is in constant contact with children and young adults. He draws from these experiences and feels that this helps him to capture the realistic interaction between ...more
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