Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed

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The story starts far away, on the streets of Aden, and long ago, in the sweltering summer of 1935.

Jama is ten years old and has grown up in the slums of this ancient city, learning to survive amongst the ragamuffins and vagabonds of the port. When he loses everything, his only chance of survival lies in finding his father who disappeared years before.

So begins an epic journey by foot, camel, lorry and train, through war-torn Eritrea and Sudan, to Egypt, Palestine and, finally, to the icy realms of Britain that Jama heard about in Yemen.

The story of one boy's journey is also the story of how the Second World War affected Africa and its people; a story of exile and survival and a vivid tale of love, friendship and boundless hope.