Only thirteen, Kusiima has no time for school, sports, or hanging out with other village boys. Instead, without a father or a mother to take care of him, he works long hours to support his grandmother and sickly baby sister. Then one day, Kusiima’s life suddenly changes. A trip into a nearby protected forest suddenly presents Kusiima with many choices–all with an uncertain outcome. Should he go along with illegal logging? Help to save an endangered baby gorilla? Warn the Park Rangers of danger? Follow a donkey to who knows where? Step by step Kusiima chooses to do the next right thing that is right in front of him. As he does, he meets a mysterious doctor who holds the key to his past and his future. In the end the hardest choice Kusiima makes is to forgive a great wrong and reforge a broken relationship.
Readers of all ages won’t want to put down this exciting book that addresses current themes of AIDS, animal poaching, and deforestation, all set it an richly detailed African context. Along the way readers will be challenged to think through their own choices, including a clear call to give up bitterness and forgive deep hurts as the way to restore broken lives and relationships. A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star is the third book in the Rwendigo Tale Series and follows Book One, A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest, and Book Two, A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue.