Lieutenant Hotshot - truth behind fiction

18/09/19 | By Chris Bell

Lt Hotshot book cover

“You are in the valley now, Modetse, but one day you’ll come out on the mountain,” is what Mama Zuma tells him, but having been brainwashed by the horror of the Lord’s Resistance Army what chance can Modetse ever have of truly finding himself again, or rescuing his little sister Thandi?

talking about this book on her blog,author Julia North says: "As all good characters should, Lieutenant Hotshot (Modetse) came to life and told his own story. The seeds of his story came when I watched a Ross Kemp programme on television relating to ‘glue kids’ in Kenya. I was very moved by the clip which showed Ross speaking to street children who eked out meagre lives on the rubbish tips of Nairobi and escaped the hardship by sniffing glue."

With 4.9 stars as the average Amazon review,it's a powerful tale that has struck home with readers.

You might want to check out the work of Made in The Streets, who are helping young people in Kenya say no to glue -

And here's an organisation helping child soldiers -


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