cover image How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child

Sandra Uwiringiyimana, with Abigail Pesta. HarperCollins/Tegen, $19.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-247014-0

In this gripping and timely memoir, Uwiringiyimana, a member of the Banyamulenge (a minority tribe in the Democratic Republic of Congo), recounts a childhood shaped by experiences as a refugee in Africa and the United States. Memories of her younger sister, Deborah, who died at age six when their tribe was attacked in a refugee camp, bookend the narrative. While the trauma of surviving the massacre reverberates throughout the story, the author also shares how multiple incidents of being treated as an outsider contributed to her nuanced sense of identity. As a child, “[the Congolese kids] would say I wasn’t truly Congolese.” After the massacre, when Sandra’s family participated in a resettlement program and moved to Rochester, N.Y., she entered “a different kind of war zone” in which she was defined by her skin color. With compassion and perspicacity, Uwiringiyimana shares the journey through which she became a courageous advocate for her tribe and refugees everywhere: “This is my story.... I must keep telling it, until the international community proves.... that my family and all others are not disposable.” Ages 13–up. Agent: Jess Regel, Foundry Literary + Media. (May)