Her Own Two Feet: A Rwandan Girl's Brave Fight to Walk

By: Meredith Davis

Rebeka Uwitonze

Rebeka Uwitonze was born in Rwanda with curled and twisted feet, which meant she had to crawl or be carried to get around. At nine years old, she gets an offer that could change her life. A doctor in the US might be able to turn her feet. But it means leaving her own family behind and going to America on her own.

Her Own Two Feet tells Rebeka's inspiring story through her eyes, with the help of one of her hosts. She travels from Rwanda to Austin, Texas, to join the Davis family, despite knowing almost no English. In the face of dozens of hospital visits and painful surgeries, Rebeka's incredible bravery and joyful spirit carry her to the opportunity of a lifetime. A stunning debut about hope, perseverance, and what becomes possible when you take a risk.

Glossary. “A Note from Rebeka.” “A Note from Meredith.” About Africa New Life Ministries. Black-and-white photographs.

ISBN: 9781338356373

JLG Release: Jan 2020


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination
Topics: Rebeka Uwitonze , Clubfoot treatment , Children with disabilities , Rwanda , Family , Poverty , Biography , Memoirs

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Uwitonze, one of seven siblings, was born with clubfeet in a small village in Rwanda. She got around by crawling until she was seven years old. Eventually, she taught herself—with some help from her younger sister—how to walk on the tops of her feet. Walking was painful, slow, and would likely not be sustainable as she grew into adulthood. Thro Uwitonze, one of seven siblings, was born with clubfeet in a small village in Rwanda. She got around by crawling until she was seven years old. Eventually, she taught herself—with some help from her younger sister—how to walk on the tops of her feet. Walking was painful, slow, and would likely not be sustainable as she grew into adulthood. Through Africa New Life Ministries, an organization that enables donors to sponsor the education of Rwandan children, nine-year-old Uwitonze traveled to Texas to receive treatment for her feet. She lived with a host family, the Davises, for a year, undergoing multiple surgeries, 58 hospital visits, and 31 casts on her legs. Uwitonze, who navigated homesickness and daunting physical challenges, made tough decisions and persevered. Davis, the host mother, captures the child’s humor and resilience. A glossary with select words and sentences in Kinyarwanda, a national Bantu language spoken in Rwanda, is included. Readers interested in hearing Kinyarwanda spoken aloud can find a recording of Uwitonze reading the glossary at herowntwofeet.com, a companion website to the book. Uwitonze’s story of strength and bravery will appeal to most middle grade readers.

Book Details

ISBN

9781338356373

First Release

January 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 740L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Scholastic Focus

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination

Topics

Rebeka Uwitonze, Clubfoot treatment, Children with disabilities, Rwanda, Family, Poverty, Biography, Memoirs,

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