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Because We Are by Ted Oswald
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Absorbing and distressing at the same time. Young Libète is as engaging a character as Caddy Woodlawn or Laura Ingalls, but her hardships aren't long, cold winters. She endures the death of her mother, being packed off to serve as a child servant to a harsh, self-righteous woman, living with disease, hunger, death, poverty and cruelty, an earthquake that destroys her home, more sorrow than you can imagine. But she survives and even thrives, finds friendship, sees good in even the most hardened of police officials, loves her home. Libète is not perfect - she rages against injustice, is often angry at God, has an odd morale center that has no problem with spinning some amazing lies as needed. I wanted to pick her up out of hell and bring her to a world where she could have food and a clean home...and yet, I don't think she would have wanted that either. What she wanted was a whole and healthy Haiti - and we constantly fail her. I bought the book because it said proceeds went to Haiti, and even if the book hadn't been good that is worth the money. But it was very much worth reading.
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February 26, 2013 – Shelved
March 3, 2013 – Started Reading
March 17, 2013 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Ted (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ted Oswald Thanks for sharing your thoughtful review, Ryan. I'm so glad you found it a worthwhile read!


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