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The Garbage King
on 11 January 2012
This story follows the lives of two boys living in Ethiopia. One,Mamo, living in the slum area, is tricked and taken away from his home and sold to a cruel farmer. The other, Dani, doesn't get on with his bullying father and when his mother goes to England for an operation is threatened with being sent away to a cruel man. Both manage to run away and accidently find each other. I got into this story really quickly, though at the beginning I did feel like I was reading two stories merged into one. They are accepted by a street gang and begin a life in the slums. It brought home to me how many children in the Third World have a terrible childhood.
Short-listed for the Carnegie Medal