A homeless boy on the streets of Haiti joins other street children, and together they build a home and a radio station where they can care for themselves and for other homeless children.
Not many children's picture books feature a painting of police officers gazing impassively while sequences of mayhem and murder are reflected in their sunglasses, but this story of a homeless child in Haiti whose parents were murdered by the authorities is not an ordinary outing. Uniformed thugs routinely intimidate Haiti's street children, and even when a little boy like Selavi finds an orphanage for food and shelter, the building itself is burned down. Selavi, apparently a composite character in this basically true story, manages to persuade some grown-ups to construct a radio station for the orphanage: "We will write our messages in the air where they cannot be painted out." Author Youme Landowne was a street muralist in Haiti, and this is reflected in her forcefully eye-catching watercolor and collage pictures. An instructive afterword illustrated with photographs and a strong essay by Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat about her own childhood and Haiti's tumultuous history are included.