Wild Rats

Wild Rats

Genre: 
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Pages: 
346
£8.99
ISBN:
9781786123930

Joe is abandoned on the streets of Kampala after his mother dies and left to fend for himself. When the authorities begin rounding up street children, Joe takes Mary and her brother to seek refuge at the home of Mama Sarah who runs a brothel. That decision has devastating and tragic consequences. Soon the streets Joe has grown to love become increasingly hostile and dangerous as he is drawn into a world of crime and violence.


Joe and his friends are undocumented self-reliant children whose presence in the city is not welcomed by Kampala authorities. They are seen only as ‘pests polluting the streets', and are easily exploited by those meant to protect them. The people they fear the most are the police. Joe's only hope is to make decisions which will give meaning to his life and substance to his existence. If he doesn't, he knows he will die like his friend Leo died - alone, unknown and un-mourned - just another ‘invisible' child.


Wild Rats is a story of friendship, adversity and survival.

Wacha

C. J.
Wacha

C. J Wacha was born in Uganda during a time of political turmoil and upheaval. She read Law at Makerere University, and went on to study Human Rights at London Metropolitan University. She has been writing poems and short stories ever since she first learned to read. She now lives in Devon.

Reviews

by
Carrie G.
4
This work is so important. Wild Rats is an unusual book. The author C.J. Wacha has succeeded in opening the door just a little further to the realities of How Life Is Elsewhere, (in the modern city of Kampala, Ugnanda, Africa) something that I wish more people were interested in, and knew about, and cared about. Suffering and mistreatment of human beings, especially children, is not an easy read, but this is one of many realities that don't make the news or the paper, nor the interwebs, and it is important to know that lives like these childrens' lives exist, and that they matter. It was fascinating to read through different situations and well-developed characters (both adult and child) how these friends and communities support each other, or not. I loved watching Joe, the protagonist, weigh out his values and his grief over the losses in his life to figure out what is most important to him, and then either trusting or not trusting the people in his life or in his path. This story is like life often is: you have to wade through the painful times to make the beautiful moments shine brighter. Living through that process with Joe is both emotional and rewarding. Another thing I really enjoyed was getting to know a foreign city through the author's words. She clearly knows this city, this culture, and both the strengths and the challenges in this society, and I never would have glimpsed that if it were not for this book.
by
Wild Rats
5
This book brings out painful issues of the effect and affect of poverty, disease, war and migration on young children. The suffering of the children is so well documented. The failure of government and the community of unprotected innocent children is so painful. The story reflects the suffering of the poor in all major cities of the world and challenges our conscience for action. I recommend this book. Everyone should read it.
by
Shirley Bickford
5
The content of the book brought the reality of what children and people have to endure and do just to survive. The storyline is intense making me react emotionally. What happens to Joe - can't wait for book II

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