Walking Home

Walking Home

Eric Walters / Mar 28, 2020

Walking Home Set in both the wilds and slums of Kenya a powerful story about a brother and sister s brave journey to find a place to call home year old Muchoki and his younger sister Jata can barely recogniz

  • Title: Walking Home
  • Author: Eric Walters
  • ISBN: 9780385681575
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in both the wilds and slums of Kenya, a powerful story about a brother and sister s brave journey to find a place to call home 13 year old Muchoki and his younger sister, Jata, can barely recognize what s become of their lives Only weeks ago they lived in a bustling Kenyan village, going to school, playing soccer with friends, and helping at their parents storeSet in both the wilds and slums of Kenya, a powerful story about a brother and sister s brave journey to find a place to call home 13 year old Muchoki and his younger sister, Jata, can barely recognize what s become of their lives Only weeks ago they lived in a bustling Kenyan village, going to school, playing soccer with friends, and helping at their parents store But sudden political violence has killed their father and destroyed their home Now, Muchoki, Jata, and their ailing mother live in a tent in an overcrowded refugee camp By day, they try to fend off hunger and boredom By night, their fears about the future are harder to keep at bay Driven by both hope and desperation, Muchoki and Jata set off on what seems like an impossible journey to walk hundreds of kilometers to find their last remaining family.

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      • Eric Walters

        Eric was born in Toronto in 1957, which makes him real old But, as Eric says, Just because I have to grow old doesn t mean that I have to grow up In his many roles as parent, teacher, social worker, youth sports coach and writer he is in constant contact with children and young adults He draws from these experiences and feels that this helps him to capture the realistic interaction between young people the conflicts, tensions, stresses and interests that make up their lives.Eric began his writing as a teacher He taught in classes from kindergarten up and his stories often reflect the curriculum that he was teaching He always read stories picture books and novels to his students and this helped him to understand what children liked, responded to, and were inspired by He enjoys the enthusiasm of his students and often looks at them to provide him with the inspiration to pursue a particular topic in both the classroom and in his writing.Eric tries to write every day When he has a story idea he starts with research This could involve reading books, watching a documentary, or trying to experience the things that his characters are going to go through This could include rock climbing or riding white water for STARS , spending time in a wheelchair Rebound , playing and walking with tigers Tiger By The Tail , hanging around a tough biker bar Diamonds in the Rough , standing out in his backyard in a blizzard wearing a T shirt and shorts Trapped In Ice , or traveling to Africa Alexandria of Africa The most important thing anybody ever told me about writing was to write what you know and the only way to get to know things is to do your homework and research before you write, Eric stated.Once the writing begins the story is always playing around in his head He takes any opportunity, even if it s just a few minutes between presentations, to put things down, either with pen and paper or on his laptop.Prior to entering teaching and writing Eric was a social worker B.S.W M.S.W B.A.Hons specialized major psychology He worked in a variety of settings including child welfare, private practice, a mental health centre, and, for twenty years on a part time basis as a Crisis Social Worker in an emergency department He stopped teaching 4 years ago and left the ER only last year.The majority of Eric s time is spent in the company of his wife, children and dogs Lola a big standard poodle and a little white dog named Winnie The Poodle.


    1. It is a rare talent for an author to weave a story that is mature enough for young adults and yet still appropriate for children, however Mr. Walters has succeeded in this task magnificently. I could not put this book down, I was up all night reading it, desperate to find out how Muchoki and Jatat's journey ended.I can't remember the last book I read where the main characters were so loveable. This had me rooting for them the entire time. Jata is a little ray of sunshine that often had me chuckl [...]

    2. I did receive my copy of the book through the First Reads program. However, my experience with this novel went beyond the book itself as the book directed me to visit ericwalterswalkinghome (the companion website). The site includes pictures, maps, audio clips and so, so, so much information. If you or your child is planning on reading this, you must check this out!This is a clever and emotionally touching novel. It's written at the right level for a grade 6-8 reader, while still containing les [...]

    3. 2 african children try to escape voilence because they don't like their new nations leader, why? People think he broke an election to win

    4. The book, Walking Home is written by the adventurous Eric Walters. Walking Home is a improbable and astonishing book. It was published in September 23, 2014. Walking Home is one my favourite books because it has adventure, drama, tragedy, fantasy and suspense. After publishing Walking Home, Eric Walters was very impressed on how many people liked his book. Walking Home is a book that everyone will like. Walking Home is about a 13 year old boy, named as Muchoki and his little sister, Jata trying [...]

    5. Although "Walking Home" is fictional, this story was inspired by real events. Events so different from my world, it is difficult for me to fully comprehend that this is the norm for many children in Kenya.Eric Walters takes the reader on a remarkable journey -- a journey of loss, but more importantly, a journey of hope. Following bitter fighting in their rural village, that ultimately leaves them orphaned, thirteen year-old, Muchoki and his younger sister, Jata, set out to find their maternal gr [...]

    6. I had to read this book for the matrix program and I didn't expect to actually enjoy it. Eric Walters mostly writes about tragedies and I my expectations were low for this book. It was actually a very good book and the characters were great. The story was about a boy Muchoki whose dad dies in a riot in a church. Then him, his sister and mother were forced to go to a camp to stay safe. There are many different tribes and they were starting wars with the others. His mother had been very sick with [...]

    7. I work as a Librarian in a Nairobi school, and this book seemed like a great idea for a Summer reading program. It takes place in Kenya during a critical time in its history, the characters are teens/tweens, and the book has an interactive feature where kids can supplement the reading by accessing the novel's website. Sounds great, right? Well, it isn't.Walters describes the plight of siblings who are orphaned during Kenya's 2007-2008 uprising. These kids have to walk over 200 kilometers to thei [...]

    8. A gift from a Canadian friend, I did not find this book as inspiring as other readers. The children's voices seemed to be far too mature, it seemed to be the author was writing what he wished the children would say and do. Staying on the cart to fight the bandits seemed highly unlikely. I certainly thought the author wrote the setting well.

    9. I gave this book a 2 star rating because it wasn't as exciting as I expected it to be. Especially from coming from such a good and exciting author. The story did have a few exciting parts but not enough. The thing that I really liked about the book was that the boy filled in as his sisters father and took care of her even after everything he went through.

    10. Muchoki, a thirteen-year-old boy with a seven-year-old little sister named Jata, were two children with only a mother. They lived in the village of Eldoret with their family. They owned a house, farm, and a store in the market. Muchoki is Kikukamba because his mother is Kamba and his father are Kikuyu. Muchoki and his family never realized that it mattered that if you knew who was Kamba, Kikuyu or Luo, but one day they finally had to figure it out. Muchoki had lost his father after the church ha [...]

    11. It has been a while since I have read an Eric Walters book, even though I have read a total of 60 of them so far. This book did not disappoint. Even though I did not take advantage of the digital companion promoted in the book, I was able to visualize the journey of Muchoki and Jata because of the vivid descriptions. It has been said that every great book contains the theme of "home," and this young adult novel takes this theme to teach many truths about life.

    12. What an amazing story about a boy and his younger sister beating the odds and walking for more than 200 kilometers from Nairobi to Kikima. The author uses details so I can imagine it in my mind. It is such a touching story plot and how wonderful it is to see that in the end the boy meets his long lost family.

    13. Boring. The characters sounded too mature and there was hardly any suspense. I'm not going to say this is a horrible book, only because this is not the kind of book I would usually read.

    14. Eric Walters has a gift for writing. This book was harsh but so beautifully written that it didn't seem hopeless. Some parts were little too long but otherwise a good novel.

    15. A beautifully written tale of rufugees in Kenya that is full of reminders that no matter how dark life gets there can still be light.

    16. I really enjoyed this book. It was incredibly refreshing to read a YA book not set in America. For those looking for diversity in YA this book is for you. Set in Kenya and centring on an African experience, I don’t think a single white person appears in the whole story (rather logically). That is not to say it lacks diversity. One of the greatest things about this book is how it explores the differences and similarities between the different tribes within Kenya. I loved the insider look at how [...]

    17. 3 stars (I liked it) — 60%"Walking is simple: Every journey begins with one step. Step after step until you reach your goal."Not bad, not bad at all. I've had many experiences with Walter's writing, and in my opinion it is better to be read aloud instead of on my own. Last year's The Rule of Three, which won the final award for the 2015 Red Maple, wasn't as good as the other selection due to my iffiness on his style—it was too forward, too clear (can it be described that way?), too simple. T [...]

    18. I won an advance uncorrected proof of Walking Home in a giveaway. I requested it because I enjoy middle grade fiction and I wish more books for kids were set outside North America.In Walking Home a thirteen-year-old Kenyan boy named Muchoki becomes responsible for his seven-year-old sister Jata after they are orphaned by political violence. Together they re-enact a legend told by their mother's tribe as they follow an imaginary string over 200 kilometers to find the grandparents they have never [...]

    19. I currently finished reading a very thoughtful and tragic novel written by Eric Walters,titled,Walking Home.What an amazing book full of friendship,hope and determination!Walking Home, made me happy,entertained, and very sad at most parts.The plot of the story is basically about Muchoki and Jata.Muchoki is a thirteen year old ,with his younger sister,Jata and mother can't believe what tragedy hit their lives.Weeks ago they lived with their family in Eldoret,but political violence has destroyed t [...]

    20. This book is one step farther into a journey that will change the world. “Walking Home” written by Eric Walters was a magnificent book about a journey that will melt any reader's heart. When political violence forces Muchoki, a 13 year old boy, his sister Jata and his mother to flee into a refugee camp, things get a lot worse. After their mother dies due to malaria, Muchoki and Jata are forced to walk across Kenya to find their remaining family. But with barely any money and food, will they [...]

    21. A realistic adventure story. It has a slow pace but holds the reader’s interest. cover artDoubleday Canada has added multimedia elements to the novel available on the webpage: ericwalterswalkinghome and there symbols throughout the book indicating when readers might want to access the special features. I like seeing the pictures, it helps develop a mental picture with a book set outside of my experience. The author notes would be helpful to a class or book club studying the novel. It’s inter [...]

    22. I was transported to the dusty fields of Kenya as this story unfolded. Barbed wire surrounded me yet I felt secure. Living in an off-white makeshift tent, nestled amongst the thousands, we stood in line for food and water, every day was basically the same and the word that we clung to was hope. It was amazing how the author’s words carried me to a world so different from my own; I felt like one of them, accepted and wanted. I was amongst all the different tribes who were thrown all together by [...]

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