Author: Kashmira Sheth
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary: Very bad economic conditions make Gopal and his family move from his tiny village into life in the Mumbai city. Gopal’s twins brothers love him so much and Gopal always tells them stories. They move without telling anybody about their trip and Gopal is sad about leaving his friends. They have a very hard trip, with not enough money and difficulty with the language. They’re really in a very hard situation in which they are forced to live on the street for some days and ask strangers for food. Gopal’s father is forced to leave them in a train station, so Gopal looks for their uncle who was supposed to meet them. But Gopal’s father is lost. He doesn’t know how to read directions and street signs. His family is struggling without him. When they finally find Uncle Jama, he is able to provide food and shelter for them and begin the search for Gopal's missing father.
Review: The saddest part of the story is when Gopal looks for ways to earn money and help out. One day, he meets a boy who promises work if he will follow him immediately. Gopal is drugged and taken to a sweatshop where he and five other boys are forced to make beaded picture frames by a cruel boss named Scar. They have to work long hours, have very little food, and they can take a shower only once a week. Their days and nights are spent breathing toxic glue fumes in a poorly lit, stuffy attic. The boys work quietly, but each boys are dreaming of returning to their families. As the weeks and months pass, Gopal begins to tell the group stories to pass the time and soon the others add stories of their own. The six boys become like a family.