Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls. Some managed to escape. Many are still missing. A new pair of shoes, a university degree, a husband?these are the things that a girl dreams of in a Nigerian village. A girl who works hard in school and to help her family. A girl with a future as bright as live coals in the dark. And with a government scholarship right arou On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls. Some managed to escape. Many are still missing. A new pair of shoes,...

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Title:Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree
Author:Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:Stolen Girls
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Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree Reviews

  • Sarah Hannah
    Sep 22, 2018
    This is a really powerful story that avoids a lot of clichés we see in most American-penned stories about foreign tragedies, almost certainly because the author is Nigerian, and also because a person who was her partner in research had a deep understanding of what it means to be a whi...
  • Naomi
    Nov 01, 2018
    Very compelling, and great afterward with a lot of historical/political context. ...
  • Kelly
    Aug 24, 2018
    Told through vignettes, this book gives voice to the girls who've been kidnapped by the radicalist group Boko Haram in Nigeria. The narrator is an unnamed girl -- later given a name that isn't her birth name by the kidnappers -- and it follows as she pursues her passion for education a...
  • Amy
    Sep 10, 2018
    Definitely a very painful, difficult story to read because of the horrific reality of the subject matter. I distinctly remember when this event happened and the horror of following it on the news but this book takes this event and in a fictionalized account, describes what has happened...
  • Maria
    Jan 15, 2019
    Simply written but packs such a punch with its sparse description of such a heartbreaking experience. This story and character?s ?voice? will stay with me. ...
  • Book Concierge
    Mar 13, 2019
    This young-adult novel tells the story of the ?stolen girls? of northern Nigeria, where the militant terrorist group Boko Haram has been burning villages, kidnapping the young girls, and slaughtering the rest of the residents. The author gives the reader a vivid picture of life...
  • Richie Partington
    Oct 08, 2018
    Richie?s Picks: BURIED BENEATH THE BAOBAB TREE by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, September 2018, 336p., ISBN: 978-0-06-269672-4 ?Many analysts believe that Boko Haram emerged as a consequence of deep religious and ethnic cleavages that have long tro...
  • Christine
    Jan 05, 2019
    This book is very powerful and thought provoking. I'm really torn between 3 and 4 stars. Perhaps you should read it for yourself and decide. Worth the read. ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Oct 18, 2018
    Public library copy Our main character, an unnamed girl being raised in a Nigerian village with five brothers, has big dreams for herself. She works very hard in school and hopes that she wins a scholarship. She and her best friend Sarah also watch a lot of Nollywood films about...
  • Lori
    Dec 22, 2018
    Since the kidnapping of 276 girls from their school made news, I have often wondered what happened to the girls who weren't released. I had no idea of the extent of Boko Haram's terrorism. This is tough subject matter, but it isn't especially graphic. The author adds a lengthy afterwor...
  • Tammy
    Jan 12, 2019
    This is a fictional account based on the Chibok school girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria in 2014. It's so sad and distributing to think that this happened so recently and that many of the girls are still missing. It was very well written and I thought the author did a g...
  • Amy
    Oct 02, 2018
    This was the most incredible but most difficult book I've ever read. I'm so glad I now know this story, but I don't think my mental health was in a strong enough place. But it was phenomenal and will stay with me my whole life. ...
  • Kelli
    Oct 20, 2018
    The afterword was gripping. The actual novel not so much. Only because it failed to individualize the kidnapped girls. Young girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram but not before they were forced to watch their loved ones get slaughtered? While western news focused on The Latest Who The ...
  • FloeticFlo
    Apr 21, 2018
    Powerful and so, so sad. The format really helped to emphasize the agony of the story. ...
  • Lisa
    Oct 16, 2018
    It's not too often that a book makes me angry and sad at the same time. This is a YA novel that deals with the kidnapping of Nigerian girls by Boko Haram. The author does an excellent job of explaining how this came to be, what life in Nigeria is like for young girls, and the coexisten...
  • Sarah
    Jul 30, 2018
    Thank you to Edelweiss for furnishing me with an e-arc of Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree for review and thank you to my friend Sarah for recommending it to me. All opinions are my own. The purpose of this book is to humanize the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria through partial fictionali...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Jan 01, 2019
    Trigger Warning: sexual assault, rape, assault, murder, forced starvation, slavery, poverty, suicide bombing, brainwashing, extremist religion For the Chosen Generation of girls in Nigeria, life appeared to be everything better than what their mothers had had. Now they had a chance ...
  • A Lib Tech Reads
    May 24, 2018
    Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani Rating: 3.5/5 Release date: September 4, 2018 Note: Special thanks to Harper Collins for providing an ARC for review. Despite being fully aware of what I was getting myself into with the tragic and outrageous occurrence,...
  • KC
    Sep 19, 2018
    Kidnapped in the middle of the night by the Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist group, young men and young women were ripped from the safety of their homes to be catapulted into a horrifying nightmare. While the boys are whisked away to begin life anew as soldiers, the girls are forced to...
  • Erikka
    Sep 18, 2018
    This is a powerful and painful book. Written in brief prose snippets that seem almost poetic, we meet an unnamed female who is taken by Boko Haram in the mass kidnapping of 2014. The hardest part of reading this book was watching this happy and intelligent young woman be dealt such a t...
  • Lauren
    Sep 27, 2018
    4.5. ...
  • Kap
    Sep 22, 2018
    I don't know how to give a proper review for this book. All the typical "book review" words sound hollow. But I also feel compelled to say something after finishing this book, because Nwaubani imbues so much life and hope and humanity into the narrator. She is a young girl. FUll of hop...
  • Jen Widmer
    Dec 20, 2018
    This is a fictionalized account of a girl kidnapped by the extremist group Boko Haram in Northeastern Nigeria. It was written to bring attention to the hundreds of women and girls abducted. The novel is written as a series of diary-like entries from a young girl and talks about her eve...
  • Dan Allbery
    Apr 10, 2019
    Profound and heart-wrenching. I NEED others to read this book so I can discuss it with them. Told through short vignettes, Nwaubani beautifully-crafted something utterly vivid and tragic. This story exudes emotion and power, and shines a spotlight on the Chibok girls kidnapping cris...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Sep 06, 2018
    Wow, I learnt so much reading this. The world can be such a horrible place :( ...
  • Emily
    Oct 08, 2018
    A girl has a family - a mother and a father who want her to continue her education rather than get married young; brothers whom she loves and takes care of, like a good girl does. A girl has friends - both Christian and Muslim; friends whom she walks to and from school with, telling s...
  • Kaleah
    Apr 06, 2019
    A solid 4 stars! ???? I had not kept up with the Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria since the Bring Our Girls Back campaign surfaced several years ago. This book, however, prompted me to do some additional research. The men loyal to the Boko Haram movement used tactics of starvat...
  • Jen Brodehl
    Mar 11, 2019
    2.5 Stars- I didn?t love the writing style with the very short and choppy chapters. But I did appreciate learning about this horrible event in Nigeria. So devastating. I would?ve liked a story that goes deeper into the details to feel more connected to the characters. ...
  • Kaya
    May 21, 2018
    Y'all, I'm shook. This is the kind of story that feels like it should be happening in a completely different time period, not in the present. I don't know how exactly to convey just how hard-hitting this book is but I will try. Also, TRIGGER WARNING for non-graphic sexual violence.  ...
  • Susan
    Aug 29, 2018
    Thank you, Katherine Tegan Publishing, for an ARC for an honest review. Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani will be Released on September 4th, 2018. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani was born in Enugu, Nigeria and as of 2015 lived in Lagos, Nigeria. While researching M...