Editor's Note: This book is powerful. It isn't your average lighthearted read - it's much deeper than that.
It will inspire you to do what YOU can do in your own sphere of influence to make a positive difference in your world.
Author's Inspiration: This book was written with the hope of raising awareness of the millions of people in Africa who suffer the effects of malnutrition,malaria, HIV/AIDS, and the unspeakable atrocities associated with armed conflicts. The Leopard Tree won the Best Young Adult Fiction Award in 2008 with Writer's Digest International Self-published Competition and a Third Place EVVY in the Fiction Division of Colorado Independent Publisher's Awards in 2008.
Actor that would play the main character: Julia Roberts
From the Book: 'Tears traced glistening trails through the chalky red dust on Daudi’s face. He did not attempt to wipe them away, just watched the slow drip, drip from his chin land in the dirt at his feet. Each drop exploded as it hit the earth, leaving a tiny crater behind, until enough tears had fallen to settle the dust. Still he watched the ground, anything to avoid looking at Mamere’s plain wooden casket as it sank into the trench that was nowhere near as deep as his pain. Sounds of mourning replaced the shrill, beautiful morning calls of weaver birds. The preacher-man handed him a fistful of the rich red earth and pushed him toward the gaping hole with its slender box. Gently, he said, “Daudi, you must toss it onto the coffin. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. It is written.”
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