The Glass Collector by Anna Perera

The Glass Collector by Anna Perera

In Cairo, fifteen-year old Aaron makes a living out of gathering garbage – as a member of the despised Zabbaleen, this is his fate. But every day he dreams of Rachel, who looks after the ponies who pull the carts piled high with garbage to and from the slum they call home. He dreams that they will make a life together, far away from the smells, cruelty and squalor. Aaron’s skills at sorting glass is the only thing that keeps him alive. His mother is dead, and his stepfather and stepbrother subject him to endless bullying and abuse. Just as it seems he can sink no further, Aaron makes a choice that will change his life.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child marriage
  • Child abuse
  • Blood depiction
  • Death of a mother recounted
  • Animal death
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