The moving story of a young Rwandan girl born with club feet and the risk she takes for the chance to walk on the bottoms of her feet for the first time. Rebeka Uwitonze was born in Rwanda with curled and twisted feet, which meant she had to crawl or be carried to get around. At nine years old, she gets an offer that could change her life. A doctor in the US might be able to turn her feet. But it means leaving her own family behind and going to America on her own.
Her Own Two Feet tells Rebeka's inspiring story through her eyes, with the help of one of her hosts. She travels from Rwanda to Austin, Texas, to join the Davis family, despite knowing almost no English. In the face of dozens of hospital visits and painful surgeries, Rebeka's incredible bravery and joyful spirit carry her to the opportunity of a lifetime.
* ...the authors sensitively convey Uwitonze's wealth of strength through adversity and the familial love...that helped her navigate her experience. -- Publishers Weekly, starred reviewTouching. -- Kirkus ReviewsA stunning debut about hope, perseverance, and what becomes possible when you take a risk. -- Junior Library Guild, Winter 2020 selectionThis book deserves a place in every library. It is a testimony to the power of faith and perseverance. -- Patricia S. Brown, Educational Reviewer, School Library Connection