Playing a Dangerous Game by Patrick Ochieng

Gr. 6-9 In the 1970s, 10-year-old Lumush lives with his family in Railway Estates in Kenya. A recent transfer to the snobbish English-language-only Hill School, Lumush much prefers spending time with his old friends from the local school. When the boys venture into a nearby “haunted house” on a dare, they overhear known locals talking about murder and a coffee-smuggling operation. The next time the boys return, they find more danger than they bargained for. This coming-of-age novel is part of the publisher’s new initiative, Accord Books, to bring works by contemporary writers from Africa to English-speaking audiences. [Read the full review here]