Chavos Book

About the books


Inspiration for the books came as a result of Anna's trips to Mexico and after several visits to various locations, meeting and talking with the kids, the locals, and the institutions, the novels began to take shape.

Chavos tells a story of pain, suffering and trauma, but also friendship, triumph and dreams. It is well researched, depicting Mexican life and culture; its emotional content will pull on the heart strings.

Chavos, is a delightful way of introducing moral and global issues, to many kids who have the privilege of leading more sheltered lives.

Kids who want for nothing and have never heard of the Street Kid phenomenon, coming to terms with some of the reality in our world today. Addressing very real situations, some heart-breaking issues, it is still captivating and entertaining. It also introduces the colourful Spanish language.

A group of kids aged between 9 and 17 years, living behind the Metro in a filthy make shift shelter, embark on a series of adventures, survival is the game!

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Desperation and extreme family pressures lead them to run away, only to find more misery, sickness and addiction. But whether they have run away to avoid abuse or been abandoned as a baby, the streets ultimately become their home.

No kid should live on the streets is the caption inscribed above the door, at one of the rescue centres, that they sometimes inhabit. The fact is, they do live on the streets. Hardened and accustomed to them, the streets flow through their veins. It has been said, that it is easy to take a child off the streets, but not so easy to take the streets out of the child.

Whilst a few of the kids share a vision for a better life, to others the solvents and the addictions devour the will to live. They see no future and deal only, with the day in hand.

As for Dolita, the central character in the books, she is certainly no ordinary street kid. The aspiration to find her mother leads her on.

Hugo desires to become a successful musician, 'Street kid found busking, makes good.' Miggy Shoe Shine to establish his own business, others simply to get off the streets. The story unfolds, each kid, waiting for his moment. The book leaves you wondering what will become of them. Will they be another statistic, found dead in a doorway, or killed in a car chase like one of the gang?

A book about real issues! Dolita, herself abandoned as a baby, is a perfect role model for our kids today.

Searching for the meaning of life, her identity and her future, it could be said that there are many Dolitas on the streets, but none quite like this one. A delightful, gutsy and honest little character, loved by everyone, her escapades vary from discovering an abandoned house, finding the handlebars of Pablo Molina's bike stuffed with unsavoury substances and discovering a baby in the basura, there is never a dull moment!

Chavos 1, with 27 chapters, each with a story of its own, Chavos 2 leaves you begging for more. And there will be more says Anna McKann who has just started researching the sequel. So many questions, so many loose ends. What of the mysterious box. Does Old Ma Kensie have a secret? And what becomes of the prisoners on East wing?

Full of colourful characters, Miggy Shoe Shine, Mikey Mean, the Twins and Roberto to mention just a few it is already being described as;-

A moving and searching story, a must for all young readers and adults alike.

Reviewed by children at over 300 schools visited by Anna. The consensus of opinion is 10 out of 10, we want more!

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