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The Garbage King by Elizabeth Laird
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Jun 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: kids-books

A moving book about life for kids with no family safety net in Ethiopia. It follows three children, Dani, Moma and Tiggist, as they struggle to find their place and their future both in the countryside and in the capital city. The story deals with slave labour, child beggars and death on the streets, and it hints at prostitution. But it also contains love, honesty and companionship. I found the background and details totally convincing and the children’s stories very moving. But I doubt that many stories which start this way, end as the book does… Entirely worth reading for a glimpse into another world, and for a hope of human kindness and courage.

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Alex Nye I agree this is a very moving and important book. I love Elizabeth Laird's fiction, and she usually writes from experience, having met children like those she writes about - I think I remember reading that at some point.

Lari Don Yes, it says at the end of the book that she knew street children in Ethiopia, and my edition also ended with a short message from a boy she credits with helping her write the book. That short message is almost as moving as the whole book!

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