Garden of the Lost and Abandoned

Garden of the Lost and Abandoned

The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves

Book - 2017
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The problem by most lights is overwhelming: at least 5,000 children live on the streets of Uganda's capital city of Kampala. Some forget the names of their villages. The youngest may not know the names of their parents. But Gladys Kalibbala--part journalist, part detective, part Good Samaritan--does not hesitate to dive into difficult or even dangerous situations to aid a child. Author of a newspaper column called "Lost and Abandoned," she is a resource that police and others turn to when they stumble across a stranded kid with a hidden history.

Jessica Yu delivers an acutely observed story of this hardnosed and warmhearted woman, the children she helps, and the twists of fate they experience together. The subplot of Gladys's garden--her precarious dream of providing a home and livelihood for her vulnerable charges--adds fascinating depth. Garden of the Lost and Abandoned chronicles one woman's altruism, both ordinary and extraordinary, in a way that is impossible to forget, and impossible not to take to heart.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
ISBN: 9780544617063
Branch Call Number: 362.7309 Yu
Characteristics: 372 pages


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Jan 25, 2018

This book should be a required reading for every high school and college student, for every parent and child, and...for everyone! It is true that you and I are very much blessed than many others in the world, and there is indeed Angel, Gladys Kalibbala, walking on Earth.

The book is very inspiring in this imperfect world. Jessica Yu, with her director's vision, really knows how to tell stories, and she writes as well as her directing which won her an Oscar. The stories read like fiction, and I have to remind myself those are living people.

I suggest you read only one story at a time, and digest it well before you read the next.

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