Black Mamba Boy

Black Mamba Boy

Book - 2010
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"Aden,1935; a city vibrant, alive, and full of hidden dangers. And home to Jama, a ten year-old boy. But then his mother dies unexpectedly and he finds himself alone in the world. Jama is forced home to his native Somalia, the land of his nomadic ancestors. War is on the horizon and the fascist Italian forces who control parts of east Africa are preparing for battle. Yet Jama cannot rest until he discovers whether his father, who has been absent from his life since he was a baby, is alive somewhere. And so begins an epic journey which will take Jama north through Djibouti, war-torn Eritrea and Sudan, to Egypt. And from there, aboard a ship transporting Jewish refugees just released from German concentration camp, across the seas to Britain and freedom. This story of one boy's long walk to freedom is also the story of how the Second World War affected Africa and its people; a story of displacement and family." --Publisher.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, c2010
ISBN: 9780007315741
Branch Call Number: F MOH NVD
Characteristics: 280 p. ; 24 cm

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Jun 18, 2015

A story of the author's father from Aden in the 1930s as he embarks on a search for his father. A family story.

carrilis Feb 27, 2012

A slow read, but engaging characters, so I wanted to see how it unfolded. I ended up happy to have read it.

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