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The Shadowed Road tells the story of Selome Fekadu—a 14-year-old girl who lives in a rural village in northern Ethiopia. Her dream is to become a teacher. Her father wants her to become the obedient wife of a cow herder.


Compelled to claim her right to education, Selome runs away from her village in the middle of the night. What will be her fate? Will her strict father track her down? Will the arduous journey wear her down? Will her dreams be fulfilled? Join Selome as she embarks on a long journey through Ethiopia’s countryside, filled with chance encounters, dangers, and lifelong lessons.

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