Playing a Dangerous Game (Hardcover)

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Description


This whip-smart coming-of-age novel sees a group of boys embark on a madcap, high-stakes adventure of survival and friendship.


Lumush and his three friends live with their families in Railway Estate, spending their free time in the countryside or in the yards behind the estate, playing a game of chance called pata potea next to the wreck of an old car. When the boys’ attention begins to wander farther, they discover a deserted house believed to be haunted. As they explore the house, they learn that it’s not ghosts they have to fear but the malevolent Mwachuma. By day he works in his junkyard, but by night he and his accomplices steal coffee from the railway yard and smuggle it into the “ghost house.” As the young boys are drawn into this criminal underworld, they face a mounting danger that threatens both themselves and their families.


With rich storytelling and gripping adventure, Playing a Dangerous Game is a brilliant debut set in 1970s Kenya from a talented new voice in children’s fiction.



About the Author


Patrick Ochieng was longlisted for the Syncity NG 2018 Anthology prize. He has been published in Kikwetu, Munyori, Brittle Paper, and other literary publications. He lives in Kenya with his family.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781324019138
ISBN-10: 1324019131
Publisher: Norton Young Readers
Publication Date: August 17th, 2021
Pages: 208
Language: English