The Garbage King

(6 reviews with an average rating of 4 out of 5)

Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

When Mamo, a homeless orphan, meets wealthy runaway Dani on the streets of Addis Ababa, the boys’ mutual desperation leads to an unlikely friendship.

This pacy coming-of-age adventure concentrates on the private hopes, dreams and feelings that drive its characters along, but also keeps enough sense of the gritty realities of street life to give a thought-provoking humanitarian message.

Elizabeth Laird uses an absorbing plot and edgy portrayal of adolescent gang life to moving but unsentimental effect. This is another compelling book from a well-regarded novelist who tackles social injustice in a commendably reader-focused way.

More books like this


Author: Berlie Doherty

When Abela loses her parents and sister to AIDS, she is left in the care of her aging grandmother in their African village. Unbeknowst to her, her selfish Uncle Thomas is hatching a scheme to take her to England.

Read more about Abela

Now is the Time for Running

Author: Michael Williams

Deo's life is destroyed when government forces kill his family. Together with his brother Innocent, he flees his village in search of his father, encountering hardship and hostility along the way.

Read more about Now is the Time for Running

Share this book with your friends

Use our Bookfinder to discover the perfect children's books for every age...