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Then one night Bambo beats Mai in a drunken rage, and neighbors rush her off to the hospital. Will Mai and the baby live? Will Kondi be sold off by her uncle Kakama to a rich man to be his third wife? And what could possibly be in Bambo's brown envelope?
Number of Pages: 152
Vendor: Oaktara Publishers
Availability: In Stock
ValerieBC, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Tale of HopeDecember 28, 2013ValerieBC, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kondi's Quest is the story of a young girl in Malawi whose greatest desire is that her father love her at least as much as that brown envelope he carries with him wherever he goes, jealously guarding it. Instead, he's given to fits of anger and beats Kondi's pregnant mother, causing premature labor. Even worse, Kondi is certain her father will sell her as a bride to her uncle. She spends her daysâ€”and nightsâ€”afraid.
Kondi's story of hope in the midst of despair is a great tale for middle-grade readers and older. It will highlight the ways kids everywhere are the same while showing the differences in culture. Join Kondi as she takes on the role of caregiver and cook for her mother in the hospital, as the family moves, and her father finally opens the brown envelope.
BethanyAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Kondi's quest is everyone's questSeptember 4, 2013BethanyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kondi's Quest makes you feel like you have lived in the heart of Africa. Mrs. Stewart has captured the culture thru the eyes of Kondi, a girl who insists on knowing the truth about her family. A journey worth taking!
Lynnette Bonner5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing YA Story!June 8, 2013Lynnette BonnerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is so beautifully written!
If you'd like to introduce your kids to a different culture in a vivid and picturesque way, get this book. The author has obviously spent time learning and loving the people of this culture, because you can feel the heat, visualize the scenery, hear the sounds, and practically taste the foods.
This is not only a YA book. Guaranteed that the adults in the house will love this wonderful coming-of-age story just as much if not more than the kids.
Christine M. Irvin4 Stars Out Of 5A view of Malawi from a young girl's perspectiveDecember 22, 2011Christine M. IrvinQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Kondi's Quest, written by Sylvia Stewart, is the story of a 12-year-old girl who lives in Malawi. She lives in a country where poverty and superstition are the norm and witch doctors are prevalent. Even though she has given her heart to Jesus, but she is still afraid of many things and she doesn't understand why God allows bad things to happen to her.
Kondi's mother is a Christian, but her father is not. Kondi doesn't understand how her father could love her if he hits her and her mother when he comes home drunk. Kondi tries very hard to remember that God loves her even when it seems like her own father doesn't.
Kondi is on a mission: She wants her father to become a Christian and she wants to find a way to make money so her family won't be so poor. Neither one is a simple task, but Kondi is determined to make things better for her family. When the opportunity presents itself, though, will she succumb to the temptation to use witchcraft to help her achieve her goals?
The author includes a glossary at the end of the book that defines the foreign words that are used throughout the text.
What I Like: The story takes place in Malawi, a country where superstition is prevalent and witchcraft is practiced. It would be difficult for a Christian, especially for one as young as Kondi, to live in such an environment. The author does a good job of making the reader feel some of the fear and uncertainty Kondi experiences in her everyday life.
What I Dislike: Even though the author included a glossary of terms, I didn't know it was there until I got to the end of the book. Sometimes it was difficult to figure out what a word meant in the story because they way it was used in context didn't always give a clear indication of what the word meant.
Overall Rating: Very good.
corylynnCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I highly recommend this beautiful story!November 22, 2011corylynnCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kondi's Quest is a beautifully told story of a young girl in Africa. The writing style is engaging, it was hard to put the book down.
I would highly recommend this book for junior high age +. Adults will enjoy the story as well and be captivated as the details of another culture comes alive.
Readers will see themselves in Kondi, as she wrestles with doubts and fears that even adults face.
I'm hoping we will get to see Kondi's journey continue in the future!