A Thirst for Home (Hardcover)

A Story of Water Across the World

By Christine Ieronimo, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)

Walker & Company, 9780802723079, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 20, 2014

List Price: 17.99*
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Alemitu lives with her mother in a poor village in Ethiopia, where she must walk miles for water and hunger roars in her belly. Even though life is difficult, she dreams of someday knowing more about the world. When her mother has no choice but to leave her at an orphanage to give her a chance at a better life, an American family adopts Alemitu. She becomes Eva in her new home in America, and although her life there is better in so many ways, she'll never forget her homeland and the mother who gave up so much for her. Told through the lens that water connects all people everywhere, this eye-opening, emotional story will get readers thinking about the world beyond their own.

About the Author

CHRISTINE IERONIMO traveled to Ethiopia in 2008 to adopt her daughter and was deeply affected by the poverty there. Since then she has been involved in many organizations focusing on education and other efforts in Ethiopia. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and four children.www.christineieronimo.comERIC VELASQUEZ is the author and illustrator of The Price of Freedom, Grandma's Records and Grandma's Gift, a Pura Belpre Award winner. He is also the illustrator of The Piano Man, for which he won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award. www.ericvelasquez.com

Praise For A Thirst for Home: A Story of Water Across the World

"History made immediate and meaningful." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review on The Price of Freedom

"Masterful." —School Library Journal, starred review on The Price of Freedom