Boys Without Names
Gopal and his family leave their village for Mumbai, but their money shortage creates several problems. Gopal is supposed to go to school, but, tempted into the chance to earn some money, finds himself trapped and forced to work long hours in horrible conditions, along with several other boys.
Problems associated with child labor are clearly illustrated for middle-grade readers without ever becoming preachy or heavy-handed. Although the kidnapping and mistreatment of children are disturbing, the scenes are not gratuitously violent or emotionally manipulative. This is a memorable book about a serious topic, with compelling characters.
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