Kiddy book time! I found this in a thrift store and thought to myself “Mac would like this! Time to see if it’s appropriate!” (Mac being my little cousin.) Definitely suggest this for kid around nine or ten, it was a pretty cute story. Hamish X is bounced from work house to work house and he has magic boots and a book on plumbing that his mother gave him.
He ends up in a cheese factory working underneath a tyrant where he meets two new friends, Mimi and Parveen, one: a rough talking ass-kicking girl, two: a tiny Indian boy who has a penchant for inventing. Together they decide to break out of the cheese factory and head for greener pastures, until the Cheese Pirates strike that is. Then they must save all the other orphans and the lady who looks after them.
It’s pretty funny, not much adult humour of course, which is fine. Good writing, good plot, kids will like it. Not on the scale of Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, but a good easy read.