Boy Overboard (Paperback)

Morris Gleitzman

9 years +

Jamal loves playing football, which isn't easy if your goalie only has one leg and you keep having to dodge landmines to get your ball back. Jamal's stubborn little sister Bibi is even better at football than Jamal. But girls playing football is against the law in Afganistan. When it is discovered that Jamal's mother has been secretly running a school, the family must leave their home immediately and begin a long and dangerous journey to Australia. The children survive separation from their parents, hunger, and violent smugglers only to find that Australia isn't as welcoming as they had thought but, even though they face an uncertain future, Jamal, Bibi and their parents know that as long as they are together, that is all that matters.

Product Details

  • Product code: AOZGQ
  • ISBN: 9780141316253
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.7cm x 14.3cm
  • Pages: 208
  • Publish date: 07/08/2003

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Perfect for footie-mad children aged 8 to 12 who could know more about refugee experiences -

My 8-year-old daughter and I couldn't put this down, so much so that we finished it in two evenings. Highly recommended if your children are football-mad and you think they should learn more about refugee experiences.

The book is written from an 11-year-old Afghan boy's perspective, as he travels with his also football-mad 9-year-old sister on a treacherous escape - with terror, hope, excitement, wonder and comical misinterpretations along the way.

This slim book is a very satisfying read - so fast-paced and very engaging with some good, funny bits, too. We got this because we enjoyed the author's book Once, about refugees from the holocaust .

Mimimummy , 30/06/2016

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