Written by Harry Allen
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An incredibly powerful and moving story of a teenage boy trying to redeem his life by working in an African refuge for orphans and the sick finds himself caught up n the midst of human trafficking. This gripping debut novel follows privileged teenagers into the heart of African life and into a journey that changes them forever.
Ibarajo Road by Harry Allen
When Charlie goes on a disastrous rich kids' bender, he and his friends are given one last chance to redeem themselves. In desperation, Charlie opts to work at a refuge for orphans, the sick and the homeless who pass through its gates. But this is Africa, where poverty and corruption run deep and the trafficking is human - and Charlie is in it right up to his neck.
'It's a compelling story, teaching you a lot without being off-puttingly didactic.'
'This moving debut novel about a teenage boy trying to redeem himself is a powerful picture of West African life, with its corruption, dangers and joys, as well as a celebration of all that true friendship can bring.'
... which encourages readers from Year 9 and beyond to reflect more deeply on global issues and individual responsibility. School Librarian 'An incredibly powerful and moving story.
...action that keep the reader turning the pages. Its strength, however, lies in its gritty realism and rich sense of time and place. Harry Allen...writes convincingly and in a multi-layered way. Books for Keeps A valuable and compelling read. Bookseller- children's review Vanessa Lewis, The Book Nook - 'a powerful and moving story.
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