Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton gives American 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 Lekutons 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 Lekutons riveting text combines exotic details of nomadic life with the universal experience and emotions of a growing boy This was a delightful little read, really a collection of short tales of a Maasai boy youth growing up in northern Kenya, and attending a missionary school, going on to a higher school in Nakuru I spent a wonderful holiday in Kenya in the 70 s, then worked for some months in former French Somalia in the very early 90 s, so took considerable pleasure from reading this, as it brought back memories of these times. The book chronicles the growing up of the author, divided between the Kenyan savannah and his education, which was mostly at least somewhat removed In some ways the stories follow on to eachother, but not necessarily all in chronological order.While the main message that all hardships can be overcome if one perseveres is present throughout, the rest provides a somewhat colourful background Especially interesting were the episodes, where the author interacts with the then Kenyan president Arap Moi, presenting him in a rather better light than is usual not a lot of his dictatorial characteristics comming through.While the book is endearing overall and I can definitely see how it is something I would give my children to read, it falls a bit short in my opinion to make it into a real 5 star read the language, descriptions, story, none of them have the quite vividness and energy for that. I didn t realise that this was a book aimed at teenagers when I bought it but it s really well written and actually a good read I finished it in one sitting so it s not difficult at all and it s a great story of the collision of two very very different cultures too I ve passed it on to my buddies 11 year old daughter and I ll update the review when she tells me what she thinks of it