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Read With Us: April Book Club Selection

By Opportunity International

As we enter a new season, it's time for another Opportunity International Book Club book! But first, let's recap what we just completed:

In March, we read the short and powerful story, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

This New York Times bestseller tells the story of two 11-year-olds in Sudan, growing up decades apart from one another. Through alternating narratives, the book tells a story of both hardship and hope, educating us about pieces of global history we might have missed.

We thought it was the perfect thing to read with our families—and we enjoyed the conversations it sparked with some of our younger readers. You could absolutely read this book with your children, and use it as a learning opportunity for your family. 

What did you think of the book? Let us know in the Facebook group!


This month, we’re reflecting on the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide by reading a powerful memoir by a woman who grew up in Rwanda as the conflict developed. Join us as we read: The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya.

As Amazon describes, “Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder.”

The book recounts Clemantine’s journey escaping Rwanda, searching for safety in Africa, traveling to the United States as a refugee, building a new future for herself, and eventually coming to terms with her own identity. 

As a global community, we have committed never to forget the horrible atrocities that occurred in Rwanda in 1994. Reading is one small way to remember—and honor the million people that were lost. 

Pick up a copy on Amazon, at your favorite bookstore, or at your local library.

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