Child Witch Kinshasa

Volume 1

Fiction - Social Issues
506 Pages
Reviewed on 08/28/2015
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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Those words are the best I can do to describe Child Witch Kinshasa, the first volume in a series by author Mike Ormsby. Follow the story of Dudu, a young Congolese boy, who is accused of being a child witch, one imbued with powerful abilities. Dudu has to flee his village and goes to live with family, where it is hoped he will be safe from harm, but he doesn’t make it and finds himself alone and homeless. Befriended by former child soldier, Kilanda, Dudu finds himself on an adventure he could never have imagined. Their paths cross with British journalist Frank, a man who had been wondering if anything he could ever do would really make a difference in DRC. When he’s able to save the two boys from a beating, he realizes that this might be his chance.

I loved this book. In almost equal parts, it’s funny, adventurous and heartwarming, and there’s a great deal that can be learned about the issues faced by children and society in general in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Author Mike Ormsby writes with a sense of humor, but also with a sensitivity and an empathy that are truly needed in this type of work. His work comes across as so authentic that it seems apparent that he has personal experience in working in this part of the world. Child Witch Kinshasa is a book that would be enjoyed by any reader craving a good work of fiction, but especially those who like a read from which they will gain more than simple entertainment. I very highly recommend Child Witch Kinshasa, and am very much looking forward to reading the next volume in this series.