A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star

November 1st, 2017. Filed under: Wednesday's Wonders.

A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star

By J.A. Myhre

Only thirteen, Kusiima has no time for school, sports, or hanging out with other village boys. Instead, without a father or a mother to take care of him, he works long hours to support his grandmother and sickly baby sister. Then one day, Kusiima’s life suddenly changes. A trip into a nearby protected forest suddenly presents Kusiima with many choices—all with an uncertain outcome. Should he go along with illegal logging? Help to save an endangered baby gorilla? Warn the Park Rangers of danger? Follow a donkey to who knows where? Step by step Kusiima chooses to do the next right thing that is right in front of him. As he does, he meets a mysterious doctor who holds the key to his past and his future. In the end the hardest choice Kusiima makes is to forgive a great wrong and reforge a broken relationship.


Kusiima is the bread winner of the family. Taking care of his grandmother and sickly sister is quite a burden for a 13 year old boy who would really like to be able to go to school instead.

He had the opportunity for some extra work and pay, but that didn’t work out so well. He turned into a runaway instead.

He eventually ended up back home, but had to flee flooding with his grandmother and sister. Would he ever get back home? Only a special star could help him.

Once again Dr. Myhre has captured another special story in The Rwendigo Tales. If you haven’t already read A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest and A Bird, A Girl, And A Rescue, now is the time to do that. I’m looking forward to the fourth in this series. These books are billed as juvenile fiction, but I’m way past juvenile, and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Thank you, Dr. Myhre.

***I received this book free of charge from Litfuse.***


J. A. Myhre, MD, serves as a doctor with Serge in East Africa where she has worked for over two decades. She is passionate about health care for the poor, training local doctors and nurses, promoting childhood nutrition and development, and being the hands of Jesus in the hardest places. She is married to her best friend and colleague Scott, and together they have raised four children for whom The Messenger stories were written as Christmas presents.

The first two books in the series are available at newgrowthpress.com.

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