Eleven Miles by Lance Greenfield @lancegmitchell


Book Description:

How far would you have walked to gain your high school education?

From an early age, the greatest passion in Boitumelo Tumelo’s life is learning. Boi, as she is known to her friends and family, just loves going to school. Her primary school is in the local village, but when she graduates to secondary school, two obstacles stand in the path to her further education. Firstly, there are fees to be paid. Secondly, it is eleven miles to the nearest secondary school. She would have to get up very early, and walk that long distance to school every day, and walk home after school. There are many potential dangers along the remote African track between her village and her school.

This is the inspiring story of how Boi overcomes the obstacles and dangers to gain the education that she so desires. Not only does she achieve her ambitions, but she manages to make life better for the children of her village who wish to follow in her footsteps.

Eleven Miles is a fictional story based upon a true life situation in Botswana. Until the target of Princess Boikanyo’s School Bus Project is achieved, 50% of all profits from the sales of this book will go into the project funds.

My Thoughts:

What an inspiring story!

Eleven Miles is certainly the perfect title for this novel. That is exactly how many miles it is for Boi to travel every day to school and eleven miles back home. It really does make you appreciate the lifestyle you have. I couldn’t imagine walking that amount of miles as an adult, never mind a child.

I loved the passion that Boi and her friends show in wanting to succeed at school. They go above and beyond to not only get good grades for themselves but for fellow class mates also. Even though what spurs them on is to compete against each other, they are also genuinely pleased with how well the others do.

Boi just blew me away with how selfless she is. Even though her family are very poor, her first thoughts are what she can do for the school and the children in the surrounding area to receive the education that many of us take for granted.

Eleven Miles is very much about friendship and the pure drive and determination to succeed. I think many of us can learn from Boi’s story and take something away from this novel. Parts of the story really make for some emotional reading and I was bursting with pride for the wonderful young woman that Boi turns into. A story that everyone should read.

Eleven Miles is available to purchase from Amazon.

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