Attack of the Shidas Akas Save Planet Earth

by Muthoni Garland

KSh 380

In a desert town in the far north, people from three communities depend on a borehole for all their water. But the borehole is being emptied at night. Water is running out! The three communities accuse each other of stealing water. People start quarreling. Tosha, Shana and Pato discover that they have special powers. Only they know that the water thieves are invisible aliens from a dry planet but nobody believes what three children have to say. Can they stop the aliens from sucking all the water in the borehole before war breaks out? “This is a very beautiful place. The names used in the book are interesting: Shidas suggest that the bearer of the name experiences a lot of problems. The issue of discrimination is well captured. We see people being rewarded simply because they are from a particular region. Discrimination also comes out when the mistakes of an individual are assumed to be that of their tribe. Readers are also drawn to the arrogance of leaders. The misuse of resources causes problems which those in high office are not bothered to address.”

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Muthoni Garland

Muthoni Garland is a founder member of Storymoja, a writer’s collective based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is an African author and storyteller who regularly presents in schools and at events. She has performed in both Kenya and the UK. Her stories have been published in literary journals in Kenya, S Africa, UK and USA. She is the author of two novellas published by Storymoja – Halfway Between Nairobi and Dundori, and Tracking the Scent of My Mother, which was short-listed for the prestigious award: Caine Prize for African Writing. Muthoni has also written six children books, published by Storymoja. Her story, Kamau’s Finish is used as a world literature text in UK and American schools. In the latter, it is published in a critically acclaimed anthology compiled by Jane Kurtz – Memories of Sun.