The Banana Kid.
Published: 2008 c2005
British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF)
Safron House 6-10 Kirby STreet
London EC1N 8TS, Tel: 020 7520 0300
In this novel, a foster child of African descent recounts her experiences in and out of foster homes and back and forth to Dr. Barnardo's Village in Essex, England. She describes the impact of Aunty Claire, a fervent Christian, her laconic husband, the German Jewish Uncle Boris, and Aunty Morag, the cook, at Dr. Barnardo?s Village, as well as angel and spirit companions that help and hinder her survival in the real world. When her biological mother begins visiting her world is shattered, and she is taken to live in a London high-rise in which she is expected to become a dutiful African child. Her descent into delinquency and her ultimate survival is recounted. (Author abstract modified)
African Americans; foster care; foster children