The Garbage Kingby Elizabeth Laird
This novel of unusual power for older boys and girls tells the gripping and dramatic story of homeless street children forced to do whatever they have to do in order to stay alive in the brutal slums of an Ethiopian city. The two main characters, Mamo and Dani, come from stable families but are hurled by circumstances beyond their control into the dangers and
This novel of unusual power for older boys and girls tells the gripping and dramatic story of homeless street children forced to do whatever they have to do in order to stay alive in the brutal slums of an Ethiopian city. The two main characters, Mamo and Dani, come from stable families but are hurled by circumstances beyond their control into the dangers and deprivations of street life. They find a makeshift way to survive when they are taken into a street gang led by a tough but likable boy named Million. The gang is composed of kids who have never known the security and happiness of family life. Children of our own culture, who take for granted the protections and comforts of home and family, will be shocked when they read this spellbinding story, but they will also learn about the deprivations, uncertainties, and sometimes the stark terror experienced today by too many Third World children. The story of Mamo and Dani, although alarming in its authenticity, is also an inspiring tale of courage and generosity in a world where danger and anxiety are the norm.
"The harsh reality that faces countless children in developing nations is confronted head-on in this powerful and moving novel. . . . Readers are sure to become involved in this compelling story, and teachers will find a wealth of inspiration to lead their students in further research." —School Library Journal
"It's the elemental friendship story of fear and hope that will draw in readers." —Booklist
- Pan Macmillan
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- 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Meet the Author
Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award-winning author of such children's books as Kiss the Dust, A Little Piece of Ground, and Shahnameh. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal six times.
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I recommend this book to everyone young and old. Parents in particular should read this book with their children, so that they too can understand growing pains from a child's point of view. I am not an overly emotional person, but when it come to sensitive issues concerning children, I am easily brought to tears and empathy. This book definitely opened my eyes to worldwide homeless and it has given me inspiration to support these charitable organizations. From now on, when and where ever I see a homeless individual, I will not hesitate to lend a helping hand, financially and emotionally.