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Facing the Lion

Facing the Lion

"During the middle of the night, I woke to this huge sound -- like rain, but not really llike rain. I looked up. The starlight was gone, clouds were everywhere, and there was a light drizzle falling. But that wasn''t the sound. The sound was all of the cows starting to pee. All of them, in every direction. And that is the sign of a lion. A hyena doesn''t make them do that. An elephant doesn''t make them do that. A person doesn''t. Only the lion. We knew right away that a lion was about to attack us."

Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton gives kids a firsthand look at growing up in Kenya as a member of a tribe of nomads whose livelihood centers on the raising and grazing of cattle. Readers share Lekuton's first encounter with a lion, the epitome of bravery in the warrior tradition. They follow his mischievous antics as a young Maasai cattle herder, coming-of-age initiation, boarding school escapades, soccer success, and journey to America for college. Lekuton's riveting text combines exotic details of nomadic life with the universal experience and emotions of a growing boy.

Published by National Geographic Society

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