Thornton keeps an even tone with the kind of spare, austere language that reflects Moses’s stoic attitude and prevents the book from turning maudlin or crusading. . . . [Kid Moses] is a little boy with big contradictions, well worth following on his safari.” The New York Times Book Review
"With the excitement of the archetypal perilous adventure, Thornton's stark, beautiful prose will hold readers in this story of a young boy's struggle to survive in Tanzania today. . . . It's the crisply evoked small moments in this tale of a homeless kid on the run that give the novel its remarkable power." Booklist, starred review
"[Moses's] is a rough, tough life forthrightly told. . . . Highly recommended for all fiction readers." Library Journal, starred review
Thornton excels in showing a harrowing adult world through the eyes of a child who has been forced to grow up early. In the end, this is the rare work of fiction about childhood that refuses to admit any sentimentality into the narrative.” Publishers Weekly
"Kid Moses is a lyrical, touching and profound book." The Witness, Durban, South Africa
"An open-ended odyssey, as restless and contemplative as a traveler in the trackless veld. . . . This is a wonderfully honest, unsentimental and brutal look at issues that are affecting Africa today." Cape Times, South Africa
"An exquisite narrative, harrowing, yet poignant." Bookslive
Kid Moses is the sparsely written, but powerful story of Moses, who escapes the hustle and violence of Dar es Salaam to chase his father’s dream of returning to the farmlands of Tanzania. His ingrained need to be free takes him on a journey through the Tanzanian wilderness – a lonely, harsh and unnervingly quiet place. Accompanied by his friend Kioso and succumbing to hunger, Moses accepts a lift from a disturbed stranger and ends up living in the regimented confines of a rural orphanage, before seeking out the uncertain safety and shelter of the bush once more.