The Garbage King by Elizabeth Laird

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...it is so exciting and thrilling. I would be delighted if a sequel was written or a film was made because for those who do not enjoy reading, it would be a chance for them to experience this fantastic story.
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Inspired by the true story of an African childhood lived on the edge of destitution, award-winning Elizabeth Laird's The Garbage King takes readers on an unforgettable emotional journey.

When Mamo's mother dies, he is abandoned in the shanties of Addis Ababa. Stolen by a child-trafficker and sold to a farmer, he is cruelly treated. Escaping back to the city, he meets another, very different runaway. Dani is rich, educated - and fleeing his tyrannical father. Together they join a gang of homeless street boys who survive only by mutual bonds of trust and total dependence on each other.

 

About Elizabeth Laird

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Elizabeth Laird has had a love affair with Ethiopia – it’s people’s, culture, language and history – all her life. She lived and taught there for several years and returns often. The stories she learned from street children in Addis led directly to the writing of THE GARBAGE KING. Her critically acclaimed children’s books include KISS THE DUST (winner of the Children’s Book Award), SECRET FRIENDS (nominated for the Carnegie Medal), RED SKY IN THE MORNING (0 330 39867 9, Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the Children’s Book Award), and JAKE’S TOWER (0 330 39803 2, shortlisted for the 2001 Carnegie Medal). She lives on the edge of Richmond Park, Surrey with her husband.
 
Published September 4, 2008 by Macmillan Children's Books. 340 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ali on May 30 2013

Although it was a bit slow to start off with I really got into it eventually. I got really attached to the characters...I loved reading this book but, don't give up on it too soon!! I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I did!!

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Reviewed by BookMad2603 on Sep 24 2012

...it is so exciting and thrilling. I would be delighted if a sequel was written or a film was made because for those who do not enjoy reading, it would be a chance for them to experience this fantastic story.

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