Auma's Long Run


Dr. Eucabeth Odhiambo is today a professor of Teacher Education at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She has served the education community in a variety of positions during the past 25 years. As a classroom teacher she has taught all grades between kindergarten and middle school. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Early Childhood and Curriculum and Instruction programs. She currently teaches child development and social studies methods and has made numerous professional presentations at local, state, national, and international conferences. She has authored publications on teaching, pre-service training, and diversity.


Dr. Odhiambo is a co-author of Social Studies and Young Children, a textbook for teachers and teaching professionals, published by Pearson in March 2017. Auma's Long Run, published by Carolrhoda Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing, is her first novel.

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"A strong, intelligent protagonist who questions and refuses to give in to what is normally accepted. . . . Honestly told, Auma's tale humanizes and contextualizes the AIDS experience in Kenya without sensationalizing it."

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"A hard-hitting story of a resilient and intelligent girl who bravely confronts a devastating health crisis."

-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"In this gut-wrenching look at the AIDS epidemic in Kenya in the ’90s, Odhiambo flawlessly weaves Kenyan tradition and culture with appropriate preteen problems . . . . A detailed fictionalized portrayal of the effects of a very real disease, this novel would be an excellent asset to classrooms everywhere."