Author: Wright, Camron Steve
Sang Ly lives at Cambodia's city dump where survival is a daily struggle, but when she develops an unlikely friendship with the ill-tempered rent collector, Sopeap, who teaches her to read, Sang embarks on a life-changing journey to give her son, Nisay, a better life and future.
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/22)
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Booklist - 02/15/2022 Sang Ly lives on the edge of the biggest garbage dump in Cambodia. To earn a living, she and her husband pick through the garbage to find items that can be sold for recycling. In the grand scheme of her daily woes, the filth and stench are secondary to her baby's failing health, the sharp-tongued rent collector's regular visits, and dangerous gangs roaming the area. Into this horrific reality comes an unsuspected source of relief: literature. Sang Ly's relationship with the rent collector, Sopeap, takes a turn for the better when she finds a book and Sopeap teaches her to read it. This book is an adaptation for children and, though fictional, is based on the lives of real people. Readers will cheer for Sang Ly and her hopes for a better life for her baby. Moments of tenderness between Sang Ly and her husband, glimpses of an incipient friendship with Sopeap, and some very improbable twists and turns keep the narrative compelling as it rumbles towards a hopeful conclusion. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.
Booklist - 02/15/2022 - Copyright 2022 Booklist.