"A fast-paced Horatio Algerian rags-to-riches story set in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A teenage supergeek runs away to the capital city...with dreams of a better, safer life--and instead ends up working under duress for gun-worshipping racketeers... Lots of incidents and dangerous escapes." - Robert Nagle, Editor, Personville Press.
Drone Child: A Novel of War, Family, and Survival is told as Lemba Adula's war memoir looking back on his life as a child soldier and pirate some 25 years earlier in the 2020s. Lemba isn't just smart--he's witty and likable, and you'll be rooting for him and his sister to overcome the scary odds.
This edition of the novel includes a colorful new cover and discussion questions for book clubs, libraries, and schools--prepared with help from Karen Heilman, M.Ed., and the novel's two Congolese fact-checks and critiquers. One was Junior Boweya, a translator, software localization expert, and businessman. The other was Jean Felix Mwema Ngandu, a former Mandela Fellow and a leading civic activist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.