Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves

Houghton Harcourt. Nov. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780544617063. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780544618435. SOC SCI
A single mom without a college degree boldly walks into a newspaper office, asks for a job as a reporter, and gets it. This is the story of that woman: Gladys Kalibbaba, a successful human-interest reporter for the New Vision newspaper in Uganda. Her column, Lost and Abandoned, focuses on adrift children in Uganda's urban centers, with the goal of reuniting them with their parents. Impatient for happy endings, Kalibbaba frequently takes matters into her own hands and finds a home and schooling for children until their families can be located. Academy Award-winning director Yu first profiled Kalibbaba in the documentary Misconception (2014). In her first book, Yu shares the stories of over a dozen children rescued by Kalibbaba and her network of supporters. She then connects these stories to larger societal issues such as women's rights, family planning, health care, education, and job training.
VERDICT This heartfelt book should be on a list of the best uplifting true stories; readers looking for inspiring narrative nonfiction or insight into life in other countries and cultures will thoroughly enjoy.

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