His name is Sam. Not Sammy and not Samuel. But if nobody except an aunt seems to care much about a young orphan, they care even less about his name. Sam was raised in a city in Malawi, but after his parents die of AIDS complications, his aunt takes him into her rural home. There, he has no computer (and no electricity). Instead of a bed, Sam learns to sleep on a mat on the floor with his cousins. The hardest thing for Sam, however, is learning to share his things. His bright blue running shoes with lights on the heels were a special gift from his mother. When they go missing, Sam learns many things about making his way in the world.
A touching glimpse of life in contemporary Africa. Grade 4 - 8.