Garden of the Lost and Abandoned by Jessica Yu

Garden of the Lost and Abandoned

The problem by most lights is overwhelming: at least 5,000 children live on the streets of Uganda’s capital city of Kampala. Some forget the names of their villages. The youngest may not know the names of their parents. But Gladys Kalibbala—part journalist, part detective, part Good Samaritan—does not hesitate to dive into difficult or even dangerous situations to aid a child. Author of a newspaper column called “Lost and Abandoned,...

Details Garden of the Lost and Abandoned

TitleGarden of the Lost and Abandoned
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreNonfiction, Cultural, Africa, History, Biography, Adult

Reviews Garden of the Lost and Abandoned

  • Jennifer
    this is a worthwhile read, and i am glad jessica yu has been able to share gladys kalibbala's wonderful story with readers. kalibbala is a journalist in kampala, uganda. in her weekly column for a national newspaper, her focus is on stories of homeless children - in an effort to reunite these kids with family members, if at all possible. kalibbala seems like a very altruistic person. she is not even remotely well off, yet becomes personally invol...
  • Ruth Woodman York
    I received this book in a giveaway on Goodreads. It was interesting, heartbreaking, humbling and enjoyable, all rolled into one book. The stories of what one woman, of little means, has done to aid those she doesn't even know, are amazing. The dangers those in other countries face, in just day to day living, is astonishing. This book will definitely make you feel fortunate for your circumstances.
  • Amy Morgan
    I am giving this book 4 stars mainly because of the story itself. I am not sure if this was translated but the writing for me was not superb so perhaps if it was translated it just did not come over as well as it should have. Having said that, the story of Gladys was many things. It was heroic, heartbreaking, courageous, inspiring, frustrating and thought provoking. This woman, a poor reporter from Uganda with nothing to gain for herself champion...
  • Alison
    Gladys Kalibbala a woman who does not have a lot of formal education, but has a big heart, and has a drive to keep going, like no other. The author, after having spent time with Gladys, relays these stories about the children that Gladys has help and we get to see the love Gladys has for the children of her country.Gladys works for a local paper, in Uganda as a reporter writing an article called “Lost and Abandoned,” She is different from oth...
  • M.
    A very hard to read story of the children of Uganda.
  • Hayley DeRoche
    I thought this book was interesting, although the garden-as-central-unifying-line connecting the various braids of different children's story was less-than-effective to me, perhaps in part because we never quite see it come to completion. We get a glimmer, though, so I suppose that's something.I felt like the book lacked an overarching focus -- what is the book about, after all? Is it about the nature of generosity? Lost and abandoned children an...
    This is the story of a woman who dedicates her life to the lost and abandoned children in her area of Uganda. Amazing, heartbreaking, and sobering to see how marginally some people exist (because they can't afford to really "live"). Children are lost or abandoned for many reasons, all of them desperate and sad.I would have liked for the author to include contact information for some of the orphanages and homes mentioned in the book. I'm sure peop...
  • Reem Mohsen
    Gladys Kalibbala is an amazing woman, using the opportunity to begin writing for a newspaper to begin rescuing lost and abandoned children by seeking out their families or others who will again be able to give these children loving homes. Jessica Yu's account of her years shadowing Gladys and learning both her story and those of some of the many children she has helped is riveting and human. As others have mentioned, there are times when the stor...
  • Maribeth Balda-westlund
    Inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. A journalist Gladys Kalibbala, works tirelessly to make life better for children on the streets in Kampala, Uganda. Her determination and persistence saves so many children as she advocates for their care and searches to reunite families. She has created a network of individuals who support her cause and find a way under challenging circumstances. The world needs more Gladys's. Thank you Jessica Yu fo...
  • Margo Tanenbaum
    I read this inspirational book before a recent trip to Uganda. It is a very moving story of a Ugandan reporter, Gladys, who has taken it upon herself to try to re-unite lost children in this country of many orphans with relatives. This is a book which will make you feel good about the human spirit and capacity to love.
  • Jeanne
    Can one woman make a difference in the world? Yes. Gladys Kalibbala is saving the lost and abandoned children of Uganda one child at a time and making a huge difference in the lives of entire villages. Her selfless struggle for those with no voice or family of their own is an inspiring story. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book.
  • David Schwartz
    The story of Gladys and how she cares for lost and abandoned children in Kampala, Uganda is an inspirational story beautifully told. The people you meet in Jessica Yu's wonderful narrative will stay with you long after you finish.
  • Lewestover
    Interesting story of the work of Gladys Kalibbala, advocate for lost and abandoned children in Kampala, Uganda -- a testament that one individual CAN make a difference, if they so choose.
  • Linda
    The story of a courageous, inspiring woman in Uganda who helped many lost and abandoned children.
  • Jane Yeasted
    What a testimony of a woman with convictions & turned them into action with a hugh heart. The book blessed me. Maybe not the most outstanding writing but a moving true story.
  • Dianna
    I found the writing style a bit unstructured for my taste and that made reading this story difficult but the story itself was good, interesting and uplifting.
  • Reilly
    Gladys Kalibbala is a journalist, but more importantly, a living example of the power of perseverance in a poverty-stricken Uganda. Through her work, she helps abandoned and/or abused children achieve potential for their futures through using her meager salary to pay for their necessities and education. Working around horrific circumstances, incredible injustices, and heartless crimes, Gladys actively tracks down individuals who need her help and...
  • Dunja *a chain reader*
    Uganda is a country situated in East Africa. To the east it borders with Kenya, to the north with South Sudan, to the west with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the southwest with Rwanda, and to the south with Tanzania. It is a presidential republic, in which the President serves as the head of state and the government at the same time.From 1969 to 2015, Uganda’s population grew from 9.5 million to 34.9 million. It has the fifth highest...
  • Ankit Sharma
    Garden of the Lost and Abandoned Author By Jessica YuA true Inspirational Story For Humanity.When I Start Reading the Book I Feel lots of interest to read this wonderful book.The Helping hand Real Life encounter of Gladys Kalibbala the women who changed lives of several childrens in Uganda through their true spirit efforts.She is not only a journalistBut the savour of lives of childrens.A Salute the lady For Her Efforts To Change lives of several...