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A Tale of Hope
December 28, 2013
Kondi'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.
Kondi'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!
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.
Kondi'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.