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The Leopard Tree
by Lisa Brochu and Tim Merriman
This is one of the most beautiful books I have read in a long long time. Please do yourself a favor and read it. You will come away feeling enriched.
This is the story of three young orphans who live in Kenya.
Daudi is almost 12 when the story begins. His Mamere (grandmother) has just died and he has no one else. He is HIV positive and Mamere had worked 16 hours a day and sold all she had to make sure he had the medication he needed. Now he has nothing left but his pillow, which Mamere had told him to always keep close, and the book she read to him over and over – The Wonder Wizard of Oz.
Masozi, a boy just a year or two older than Daudi, who is blind and lost a leg when he and his father went to the well in their village and a land mine blew up, killing his father and forever changing his life.
And Ramla a young girl of 8 or 9 whose family was tortured and murdered while she watched from a hiding place. She would not speak but was very close to Masozi, protected him and was his eyes.
These children embark on a journey of hope that will live in your heart forever. Don’t miss this heartwarming story of courage and innocence.