David Kay was only five 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 the sense of adven- ture that carried him through the most difficult times. In this honest and lively account, the words leap off the page.