Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera

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7 Critic Reviews

Readers will feel every ounce of Khalid's terror, frustration, and helplessness in this disturbing look at a sad, ongoing chapter in contemporary history.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Innocent until proven guilty? Not here, you’re not. He's fifteen. He's hasn't done anything wrong. It was supposed to be just a trip to visit his mum's family in Pakistan. But for Khalid Ahmed, it was the beginning of a living nightmare. He's kidnapped—then taken to a place thousands of miles from his home in the UK. A place where torture and terror are the daily routine. A place he may never be allowed to leave … A place called Guantanamo Bay.
 

About Anna Perera

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Anna Perera was born in London to an Irish mother and a Sri Lankan father. She worked as an English teacher in two secondary schools in London, and later became responsible for a unit for boys excluded from mainstream schools. She lives in Hampshire, England. Guantanamo Boy is her first young adult novel. www.annaperera.com
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Albert Whitman & Company. 377 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, War, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Guantanamo Boy
All: 7 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Good
on Aug 03 2011

This gripping look at a poorly defined war’s unintended consequences uniquely challenges readers to reexamine common beliefs and ask searching questions about means and ends.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by SF Said on Mar 27 2009

There's no doubting Guantanamo Boy's integrity, nor its seriousness of purpose in documenting this shocking situation.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 25 2011

Readers will feel every ounce of Khalid's terror, frustration, and helplessness in this disturbing look at a sad, ongoing chapter in contemporary history.

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Booklist Online

Good
on Sep 01 2011

The extensive back matter by the author and human-rights activists includes detailed discussion questions and more facts. Teens, and adults, too, will want to talk about the terrifying stories like Khalid’s, which are happening now to young people.

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The Bookbag

Good
on Feb 19 2011

I hope Guantanamo Boy forms a springboard for discussion in classrooms up and down the country.

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'Bout Books

Excellent
on Feb 24 2009

It is an inspiring and gruesome tale that you should take the time to experience.

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Youth Services Book Review

Good
on Feb 06 2013

This book is perfect for teen readers, especially boys, who like to read stories about the military and Iraq.

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