I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Inoyo. He works through his fears to help those around him and to reach his personal goals. He is a great example of selflessness and hard work. I read this on my own but I am sure my kids will enjoy this as a read aloud.
We read this book as a read-aloud, and it was enjoyed by all. This helped to paint the picture of life in Africa. I love that we can see and learn about different perspectives and cultures from beautiful books like this one. I love the messages of friendship, hard-work, faith, kindness, and determination.
Inoyo is a young man that wants to go to school and become a doctor, but the traditions in his tribe of relying on a medicine man stand in the way. As Inoyo and his best friend learn more about modern medicine as well as Christian beliefs, they are met with challenges and with blessings. Inoyo’s sacrifices to help his friend pay off and everyone is blessed by the choices he makes. This book was a great read!
“Inoyo cautiously parted the thick forest growth with his strong, slender hands. His bow was strung across his back.”
Twelve-year-old Inoyo’s story begins in the dense tangle of the Congo rainforest, where he hunts for food as his father taught him. However, Inoyo has ambitions beyond the jungle—a plan to move to the Christian mission and learn medicine. His father, fearful of breaking tradition and of the tribal medicine man’s disapproval, grudgingly gives his permission.
As he works tirelessly to prove his dedication and earn money for his schooling, Inoyo finds himself in a difficult position of choosing to help a friend in need or continuing to pursue his education.
Equipped with practical medical knowledge from his time at the hospital and a newfound testimony of Jesus Christ, Inoyo helps to free his family and his village from the shackles of fear and superstition.
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