The Garbage King
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.
"It's the elemental friendship story of fear and hope that will draw in readers." --Booklist "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
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