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Boys without names

by Sheth, Kashmira.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 8 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection j FICTION Sheth
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Juvenile Fiction J Fic Sheth
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Coraopolis Memorial Library Juvenile Fiction J SHETH
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For eleven-year-old Gopal and his family, life in their rural Indian village is over: We stay, we starve, his baba has warned. With the darkness of night as cover, they flee to the big city of Mumbai in hopes of finding work and a brighter future. Gopal is eager to help support his struggling family until school starts, so when a stranger approaches him with the promise of a factory job, he jumps at the offer.

But Gopal has been deceived. There is no factory, just a small, stuffy sweatshop where he and five other boys are forced to make beaded frames for no money and little food. The boys are forbidden to talk or even to call one another by their real names. In this atmosphere of distrust and isolation, locked in a rundown building in an unknown part of the city, Gopal despairs of ever seeing his family again.

But late one night, when Gopal decides to share kahanis, or stories, he realizes that storytelling might be the boys' key to holding on to their sense of self and their hope for any kind of future. If he can make them feel more like brothers than enemies, their lives will be more bearable in the shop--and they might even find a way to escape.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Set in contemporary Mumbai, this novel from the author of Keeping Corner (2007) tells a harrowing story of child slavery. Indebted to ruthless moneylenders, 11-year-old Gopal's family flees to Mumbai, where they hope to find work. On the way, Gopal's father goes missing, and Gopal guides his mother and siblings to an uncle's house, where they worry and wait for Baba to find them. Eager to help his family earn money, Gopal follows a local boy to what he thinks will be a day's work at a factory. Instead, he is pulled into a sweatshop a single room where five boys are held against their will and forced to produce decorative items with toxic materials. As Gopal dreams of escape, he builds tenuous friendships with his fellow workers. Those wary bonds form a dramatic counterpoint to the children's daily misery, described in moving, palpable detail, and skillfully steer the story away from docu-novel territory to its hopeful conclusion. Pair this eye-opening title with Susan Kuklin's Iqbal Masih and the Crusaders against Child Slavery (1998).--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "When 11-year-old Gopal's family tries to escape crushing debt by leaving their village in India for his uncle's home in Mumbai, Gopal is eager to help earn money, especially after his father disappears. Gopal is fooled by the promise of a factory job and ends up a slave in a small shack with five other boys he must nickname because none is allowed to say his name. Suffering a under a cruel boss, Gopal slowly unites the boys though storytelling, with each boy reclaiming his past and his name. Sheth's (Keeping Corner) lush prose ("It is as if someone has rubbed this rough sack on my heart over and over again and made it bleed") creates a vivid portrait of slave labor without losing the thread of hope that Gopal clings to. Though certain lines of dialogue seem improbable ("The promise was like a rose, but what I got was one big thorn of a boss"), the characters are strong and believable, with Gopal being particularly relatable. The happy ending may be slightly unrealistic but nonetheless satisfies. Ages 9-12. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Sweatshops -- Juvenile fiction.
Missing persons -- Juvenile fiction.
Sweatshops -- Fiction.
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Mumbai (India) -- Juvenile fiction.
India -- Juvenile fiction.
Mumbai (India) -- Fiction.
India -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Balzer & Bray,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 316 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780061857607 (trade bdg.)
0061857602 (trade bdg.)
9780061857614 (lib. bdg.)
0061857610 (lib. bdg.)
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