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publisher: Kids Can Press

Ryan and Jimmy

And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together

by Herb Shoveller

tagged: africa
4.5 of 5
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list price: $18.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
published: Sep 2006
pages: 56
ISBN:9781553379676
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

It costs a lot of money to build a well in Africa --- a lot more than Ryan Hreljac had thought. Still, the six year old kept doing chores around his parents' house, even after he learned it could take him years to earn enough money. Then a friend of the family wrote an article in the local newspaper about Ryan's wish to build a well to supply people with safe, clean water. Before long, ripples of goodwill began spreading. People started sending money to help pay for Ryan's well. Ryan was interviewed on television. His dream of a well became an international news story.

In Agweo, Uganda, villagers were used to walking a long way every day in search of water. What they found was often brown and smelly and made a lot of people sick. But when Ryan's well was built, life in the village changed for the better. A young orphan named Akana Jimmy longed for a chance to thank Ryan in person for this gift of life --- clean water.

When they finally meet, an unbreakable bond unites these boys from very different backgrounds, and a long and sometimes life-threatening journey begins.

Ryan and Jimmy is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

About the Author

Herb Shoveller worked at the London Free Press for two decades before leaving in 2005 to start a writing, editing, and consulting business. He is the author of The Story of Ryan and Jimmy and lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 7
Awards
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Notable Books for a Global Society, International Reading Association
  • Winner, International Book Award, The Society of School Librarians International
  • Winner, Carol D. Reiser Award, Metro Atlanta Corporate Volunteer Council
  • Short-listed, Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada
  • Short-listed, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, CBC
  • Short-listed, Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, Skipping Stones Honor Award, Skipping Stones Magazine
  • Short-listed, Alberta Children's Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Short-listed, Diamond Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice
  • Winner, Parents' Choice Recommended
  • Winner, Disney Adventures Book Award
  • Short-listed, Book of the Year Award, ForeWord Magazine
Editorial Reviews

A great choice for book talking or small-group sharing and discussion, with many possible connections, from social and economic to geographic and political.

— School Library Journal

A truly inspirational story, this book can effectively teach about problems and solutions.

— LMC Library Media Connection

Reminds us that many young people today can and will do wonderful things for their communities ...

— Quill & Quire, Starred Review

Ryan and Jimmy is a true story of friendship and compassion in which a simple wish to help others brings focus to the necessities that unite us all.

— OprahSelects.com

This inspiring true story of survival, friendship and activism is never preachy, and the text, dotted with color photographs, carefully preserves a child's eye view throughout.

— Kirkus Reviews

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