Garbage King, The (group set, 7 books)

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Inspired by the true story of an African childhood lived on the edge of destitution, award-winning Elizabeth Laird's new novel 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.

  • themes: Homelessness, friendship, child labour, family
  • set in Ethiopia
  • 336 pages
  • longer novel, will require sustained reading between sessions is used as a guided reading book


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Elizabeth Laird interviewed by Hannah Love

Elizabeth Laird is a much loved author of everything from picture books to young adult novels, and has been shortlisted for the Carnegie medal six times. She has travelled and lived all over the world, and the inspiration this has provided shines through in her books, not least in her newest novel Dindy and the Elephant. Set in India in 1947 just before the the Indian Independence Act came into place, Dindy and her younger brother Pog live in the middle of a tea plantation with their parents. Whilst Laird claims that generally her characters come to her at the beginning of a story, and then she ‘starts to put flesh on the original idea,’ she acknowledges that in this instance not only her travels but her own family history inspired the novel.

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