David Kay was only years old when the Red Army entered Belarus and his father was jailed as a bourgeois, an enemy of communism. David, his mother Genia and older brother Sam were deported to Siberia.
Faced with starvation and appalling living conditions, Genia forged a better life for her family with cunning, intelligence and courage. By necessity, David became the street-wise kid of the title and together they managed to survive Siberia in style.
In Australia David never lost his love of life or sense of adventure. In this honest and lively account, the words leap off the pages.