I just finished Emma's War, by Deborah Scroggins. It's the best Sudan book I've read. (And I recognized one of our play group houses in it!)
The other book doesn't have anything to do with Sudan, except that we checked it out at the Khartoum American School Library. A picture book, The Old Lady Who Named Things, by Cynthia Rylant. The first time I liked it fine, but every time I read it, I like it more and more. The watercolor illustrations are perfect--wryly funny and sweet and poignant--and the text is deceptively simple. A great book (and what else do you expect of Cynthia Rylant?).
We have vacation next week--the conclusion of Ramadan--so we're going to Nairobi. We won't post much for the next week, but maybe we'll have some safari pictures to post when we get back.