Barefoot in the Boot

A Lost Boy's Journey to Freedom

by Dominic Malual & Dorothy Fanberg Bakker



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/24/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 264
ISBN : 9781973620723
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 264
ISBN : 9781973620747
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 264
ISBN : 9781973620730

About the Book

Barefoot in the Boot is a detailed and enlightening account of the life of a young Dinka boy from South Sudan. As a child of war, Dominic Malual fled his home at the age of seven, seeking safety from a brutal attack on his village. He traveled hundreds of miles enduring years of danger, loneliness and separation while struggling to reach the refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya in search of his family. During Sudan’s civil war, many children fled for their lives - by some estimates at least twenty thousand. Dominic Malual’s story focuses on the challenges he and the other boys faced as they struggled to stay alive. One cannot help but be inspired by the boys’ creativity in searching for food to avoid starvation, and their determination to live for even one more day.

About the Author

Dominic Malual came to the United States as a refugee at seventeen and enlisted in the US army at twenty-one. While serving as an infantryman in Iraq, he began writing down memories of his village and the customs of his people, the Dinka of South Sudan. He also documented his life as a US soldier. At a family dinner in Michigan, he shared his journal with Dorothy Bakker, and expressed his desire to have it published. Impressed by his story, Dorothy offered to help make Barefoot in the Boot become a reality.

Dorothy Fanberg Bakker has skillfully captured the essence of young Malual’s life. By digging deep into his childhood, she has brought to life his many struggles to survive. Her use of detail, dialogue, and occasionally humor, draws the reader into the times and places where the story occurs.