Ibarajo Road by Harry Allen

Ibarajo Road

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.


'Allen writes beautifully, gently chauffeuring us along Charlie's nuanced emotional journey, while also speeding us through a white-knuckle sub-plot. ... Dramatic and deeply moving.'

'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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About the Author

Harry was born in the UK, but spent many of his teenage years in Nigeria. He was educated at International schools in Lagos and London, and at Leeds University. After graduating with a degree in Theatre Arts, Harry has worked as an actor, director teacher and writer and has had several plays for young people produced, enjoying collaborations with companies and individuals in Europe and Australia. Harry is currently the Arts Director for an international school in Singapore, where he lives with his wife and young son.

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 12


Harry Allen
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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

2nd August 2012




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