YA Author Paul OGarra praised for “thought-provoking” new novel

YA novel Malak Desert Child by author Paul OGarra receives glowing reviews in The Scotsman and other regional press

Young adult author Paul OGarra has received glowing reviews for his new novel. 

The Scotsman declared that Malak Desert Child is a “beautiful book” filled with “evocative and vivid prose”

The review added that the work of magical realism “should be praised for its aim of highlighting real-world issues and providing sound instruction to the next generation.”

Paul OGarra
Paul OGarra

YA novel Malak Desert Child is set in the Moroccan and Algerian Sahara and focuses on five-year-old girl Malak, who may be in touch with higher spiritual powers. She and her family are rescued from an alcoholic and abusive father and travel to her mother’s Saharan birthplace. Her flight, however, is used as a pretext by Moroccan forces to plan an invasion of the disputed territory of the Sahrawi.

The author aims to write literature that informs young people of real-world global issues and The Scotsman’s review acknowledges this, saying the story will make readers aware of the “brutal realities of modern-day racism, nationalism, and neo-colonialism”.

You can read the full article, including a profile piece and Q&A interview with Paul OGarra, on The Scotsman.

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