Of Beetles and Angels - Mawi Asgedom

Of Beetles and Angels

By Mawi Asgedom

  • Release Date: 2008-11-16
  • Genre: Biography
4 Score: 4 (From 48 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

Read the remarkable true story of a young boy's journey from civil war in east Africa to a refugee camp in Sudan, to a childhood on welfare in an affluent American suburb, and eventually to a full-tuition scholarship at Harvard University.

Following his father's advice to "treat all people-even the most unsightly beetles-as though they were angels sent from heaven," Mawi overcomes the challenges of language barriers, cultural differences, racial prejudice, and financial disadvantage to build a fulfilling, successful life for himself in his new home.

Of Beetles and Angels is at once a harrowing survival story and a compelling examination of the refugee experience. With hundreds of thousands of copies sold since its initial publication, and as a frequent selection as one book/one school/one community reads, this unforgettable memoir continues to touch and inspire readers. This special expanded fifteenth anniversary edition includes a new introduction and afterword from the author, a discussion guide, and more.

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Latest Impressions

  • Wow!

    By Khalil bassally
    This book is so inspiring it just tells you to know about your inner self i had to read it for school and i thought it was going to be boring but it wasn't it was actually interesting.
  • Borriiinnnggg

    By Coke Bottles
    Had to read it for school -- not even close to being slightly interesting YAWN.
  • Great Book

    By Sara7991
    This is an amazing story of how you can come from nothing and become something.
  • Awesome

    By HannahA.
    We had to read this for school. It is a very sweet story with many morals and inspiring events.....
  • Of beetles and angels

    By mrgamerfreak13
    I thought the book was very influential. The story moves you... Although I had to read this... I did enjoy it.