“Eleven Miles” by Lance Greenfield is an engaging and often powerful story whose strength lies in the simplicity of the story telling. Boi, a young girl from Botswana overcomes obstacles in her way and grows as she tried to achieve her dreams of academic and sporting excellence.
It is a great reminder of the many things we take for granted: public transport, money for transport and education, available food and resources etc etc.
Inspiring and eye opening this is a true gem.
How far would you have walked to gain your high school education?
From an early age, the greatest passion in Boitumelo Tumelo’s life is learning. Boi, as she is known to her friends and family, just loves going to school. Her primary school is in the local village, but when she graduates to secondary school, two obstacles stand in the path to her further education. Firstly, there are fees to be paid. Secondly, it is eleven miles to the nearest secondary school. She would have to get up very early, and walk that long distance to school every day, and walk home after school. There are many potential dangers along the remote African track between her village and her school.
This is the inspiring story of how Boi overcomes the obstacles and dangers to gain the education that she so desires. Not only does she achieve her ambitions, but she manages to make life better for the children of her village who wish to follow in her footsteps.
Eleven Miles is a fictional story based upon a true life situation in Botswana. Until the target of Princess Boikanyo’s School Bus Project is achieved, 50% of all profits from the sales of this book will go into the project funds. In the meantime, please feel free to make additional contributions to this worthy cause by clicking on the project link.
Some of my favourite books include Skallagrigg, The Island, The Return, Birdsong, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Kite Runner, Eagle of the Ninth, We Won a War, In Quest of the Unicorn Bird, The Shadow of the Wind.
I’ve played (field) hockey since I was seven years old. I now play veterans hockey for Andover Diamonds. It is a lot of fun and very sociable.
I have always been a prolific reader and my favourite genre has to be historical fiction. I just feel that it brings history to life, and I am not too bothered about the historical accuracy as long as it has at least SOME basis in fact. Who is to say that the dryly recorded history that we learn in school is the truth, anyway? Most of it is only recorded by the journalists of the time, so draw your own conclusions.
My favourite films are Jungle Book, Brassed Off and The Fastest Indian. I should add Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much, because I was in it! Well read my writings for an explanation.
My biggest passion is the way that people treat people. Witnessing either cruelty or extreme kindness can make me cry equal buckets of tears. I can’t stand prejudice. Read my motto at the bottom of my home page
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