January 13, 2016

Life-changing power of music

Stay Strong: A Musician's Journey from Congo
by Natalie Hyde

Stay Strong is the story of musician Gentil Misigaro, who immigrated to Canada in 2010. Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), he and his family lived in constant fear due to war. For fifteen years, Gentil tried to find a safe haven, but the violence followed him from Congo to Rwanda to Uganda. Throughout his ordeal, Gentil found strength in music. How his music helped him and how he used it to connect with Canadians is an inspiring story that young teens will appreciate. The book's simple typeface and slim format also makes it accessible to reluctant readers.

Gentil's successful contributions to his adopted country make for a very positive and heart-warming story.

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