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Kisses from Katie

Katie Davis was only 19 when she moved to Uganda and founded Amazima Ministries in 2008. Amazima feeds and educates orphaned children in Uganda.

To hear from Katie herself, take a look at the Simon & Schuster video on YouTube, or at Katie’s blog.

DAVIS, Katie & Beth Clark. Kisses from Katie: A Young Woman’s Journey of Faith, a Remote Village, a Love Without Limits. 288p. photos. S &S/Howard. 2011. Tr $24. ISBN 978-1-4516-1206-6. LC number unavailable.  Kisses from Katie

Adult/High School–Like many teens, Davis felt a stirring to do more with her life than gain the security of a good job and family. Unlike most teens, however, she acted on this in a big way. Traveling halfway across the world to a remote village in Uganda, she volunteered at an orphanage for three weeks during her senior year in high school. This turned out to be the higher calling that she was yearning for. After graduating, she moved to Uganda to start a kindergarten class. Four years later, she has learned to be, “…a teacher, a nurse, a handyman (plumbing and electrical work included), a cook, an exterminator, a maid, a servant, a mentor, a mother, and, most important, a daughter of the King.” As a deeply devout Christian, Davis does not relate her story in a strictly linear narrative, but as an ongoing prayer, reveling in God’s purpose and love. As such, Christian teens will find her story deeply inspirational. Other teens may be able to translate her spiritual outpourings into their own belief system. Davis is a genuine and appealing young woman, as evidenced by her YouTube videos, who has indeed brought positive change to a tiny piece of the planet.–Diane Colson, formerly at New Port Richey Library, FL

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Angela Carstensen is Head Librarian and an Upper School Librarian at Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City. Angela served on the Alex Awards committee for four years, chairing the 2008 committee, and chaired the first YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adult committee in 2009. Recently, she edited Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation (ALA Editions, 2011). Contact her via Twitter @AngeReads.