Even though the “frightful” winter weather has arrived this weekend with cold and snow and more cold and more snow, I’m looking forward to enjoying the warmth of good friends, food and fun as Shenaaz Nanji launches her new novel, Ghost Boys.
Ghost Boys follows fifteen-year-old Munna Patel from his hometown in India, to a Middle Eastern desert, where young boys are trained as camel jockey’s for the wealthy Sheikh.
Munna’s father has left the family and Munna is desperate to provide his mother and sisters with a better life, so when the unsavoury Uncle Suraj promises him a job working at a Sheikh’s Palace, Munna is willing to leave his home and loved ones for an opportunity to prove himself and save his family. But the Palace turns out to be a camel farm and Munna discovers he has been sold as a slave to train the young camel jockeys who are also trapped in horrible conditions with nowhere to go.
Shenaaz Nanji sweeps us into her gripping tale with vividly painted settings and well developed characters who bring this harsh world to life in a story you are not soon to forget. With her lyrical voice and thoughtful sensitivity, Nanji masterfully brings our attention to child slavery while telling an engrossing story that keeps the reader turning the pages.
Check it out! You won’t be disappointed!