The Weaver's Scar: For Our Rwanda

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Royal Fireworks Publishing Company, 2013 - Genocide - 169 pages
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The story of a Rwandan boy who escape from the 1994 genocide and made it to America. Although fictional, it is a story that is both horrific and inspiring.

Faustin was a normal schoolboy growing up, very good at running and soccer. But such dark secrets of the past hung over his family that his father disapproved of his friends and his football. Things only started to make sense when the teachers at school began to emphasize the division between the Tutsis and Hutus.

As the terrible events of the genocide unfold, Faustin discovered what caused his father's disability, experienced the cruelty of his schoolteachers and saw at first hand the horror of neighbor against neighbor. With his family slain, his only chance of survival lay in his running and sheer courage to outwit the enemy. He did not have to do it alone as he discovered the value and courage of an unlikely friend.

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Brian Crawford received his undergraduate degree in French and German from the University of Georgia. He holds a dual M.A. in French Literature and Modern German Culture from Indiana University. He has traveled extensively around the world and lived and worked in France. Brian is a resident of Seattle, Washington, where he teaches 7th- and 8th-grade Language Arts at Seattle Country Day School, an independent school for the gifted.

While an undergraduate and graduate student, Brian took a deep academic interest in the Holocaust and its impact on literature and film. His graduate thesis examined the challenges faced by post-WWII German authors in creating authentic Jewish characters, i.e., ones not defined by stereotypes. This early research laid the foundation for ideas that he would later put into practice in writing The Weaver's Scar.

Brian speaks five languages, three fluently, and he learned basic Kinyarwanda as he was researching and writing The Weaver's Scar.

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