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The Wild

by Matt Whyman

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A powerful story of two young boys surviving in the harshest conditions near the now disappeared Aral Sea, where gangs make a living by gathering debris from spent rockets.
They set out on a train journey fraught with danger to find a hospital to treat the 6 year old's illness. A harrowing picture of post communist life in lawless regions. ( )
  crgalvin | Mar 2, 2009 |
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In Kazakhan in a vast toxic dust bowl, sixteen-year-old Alexi and his kid brother Misha watch rockets go up from a distant cosmodrome. Their livihood depends on the precious metal boosters that fall back to Earth. But rival wrecking crews are a constant threat, as are Misha's seizures, and Alexi is determined to seek a cure for his brother before time runs out. Taking flight under fire, Alexi crosses borders with Misha to Moscow, hoping for medical help. Suggested level: secondary.… (more)

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