• Of Beetles and Angels

  • A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard
  • By: Mawi Asgedom
  • Narrated by: Mawi Asgedom
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Now in an audio edition, this acclaimed memoir tells the unforgettable story of a young boy's journey from a refugee camp in Sudan to Chicago, where his family survived on welfare. Mawi followed his father's advice to "treat people...as though they were angels sent from heaven" and realized his dream of a full-tuition scholarship to Harvard University. Updated with 14 black-and-white photos and a new epilogue.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying photgraphs will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2016 Mawi Asgedom (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Featured Article: Honoring the Courage and Heart of Displaced Peoples on World Refugee Day


World Refugee Day is a time to celebrate the bravery and strength of those who have had to flee their homes in search of protection. But it's also a day of empathy, of understanding, and of listening, so that we may hear the stories of refugees and the struggles they've had to endure. This collection of biographies and memoirs written by and about refugees offers a window into their lived experiences and an invitation to a greater sense of compassion.

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Best Book ever

I love this book and I enjoyed reading. I recommend anyone who interesting nonfiction books.

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A must read for all teachers and students!

Inspirational and captivating story of a beetle who became an angel. Inspired to read the rest of his books.

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Amazing, Encouraging, and Motivating Story

Mawi is an amazing man! His story of going from a refugee camp to Harvard University in spectacular, incredible, and a true blessing. This story shows that ANY kid in America can go from being "bad" to a "good" kid if they put their mind to it.