Apostoliki Diakonia, 1982, 2nd edition 1991. 162 pp. Patakis, 2011. 198 pp., 2nd edition 2014
Illustrator: Pavlos Valasakis
Distinction: Women's Literary Association Award
Broadcast in Cyprus by RIK
Christos, not yet 12 years old, decides to find
a job to help support his family - his sick mother and
his 17-year-old sister, Martha, who is working in a factory.
His father, a seaman, has not been heard of for years.
Christos wants to work in the evenings, so that he can
go on attending school. He soon finds a job, but things
will not be easy. Besides the money he earns, he will
get acquainted with the wickedness and cruelty of people,
beach of law, fraud, wrongdoings, intrigues... During
these adventures even his life will be endangered. In
the end, however, in spite of all the hardship and sorrow
he will face, Chistos will feel ready to fight - for the
long journey of life.
"... a novel for older children, in gentle
and sound language, unbosoming
of children's soul to the others - it is sensitive humanity
and surpassing affection that pervade this enlightening
EFTHINI magazine - no 143, November 1983
"It's a novel of social content. The story becomes
a cruel mirror of society unrevealing phenomena such
as the lust for profit that goes so far as to committing
a crime, smuggling, the exploitation of juveniles, the
contrast between the poor and rich families. However,
what mostly marks this book is its sound optimism and
belief in God, man, life and struggle."
V.D. Anagnostopoulos, DIADROMES magazine - no 10, Summer
"The authoress, without omitting the sad events, dangers and difficulties that lurk everywhere, makes our little hero to overcome obstacles in a childish but natural way, good-hearted spirit and a sense of responsibility… We believe that the book Boy wanted should be an acquisition for our libraries as it mirrors our era"
Rationale from the award the book received by Women’s Literary Team