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....
|Publisher||:||Puffin Auflage New Ed 7 August 2003|
|Number of Pages||:||192 Seiten|
|File Size||:||669 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Boy Overboard Reviews
This is a gripping and well-written story of a young brother and sister fleeing their native country of Afghanistan, in the hope of reaching Australia. Jamal and Bibi become separated from their parents, and have to live by their wits to survive the journey. Although tackling a serious topic, there is warmth and humour in the story, which makes it an excellent book for children up about 9 upwards.My only question mark was that Jamal seemed a little too good to be true at times, but this contrasted well with his very prickly and difficult little sister! For children who enjoy this, I would also recommend 'Close to the Wind' by Jon Walter, which is similar in theme.
We really enjoyed this book. It opened up the door for my ten year old son to be able to ask lots of questions about the current refugee situation and its causes. He's hearing about these things anyway from his friends and I really wanted to make sure he was well informed and not just hearing negative gossip. This is just what I needed. Well written because it is aimed at children.
This work opened my eyes. It was written through the eyes of a young boy - he has to contend with landmines as he plays soccer with his friends. His sister is not even allowed to play soccer. He lives with his father who is a baker and His mother who is a teacher who conducts classes in secret. However the government finds out and the family flees for their lives. Unfortunately the mother is captured and taken to be publicly executed. The father rescues her and the family tries everything to escape the country. They lose everything to purchase tickets for a boat to take them to Australia.The family gets split up and end up on separate boats and the organisers are corrupt and expect more money to take them to Australian when they are halfway into their journey. They suffer hunger, sea-sickness and are scared. Eventually they make it to Australia or so they think. They are told that the boat that their parents were on has sunk and there are no survivors. As they battle grief and the realisation that they will not be free they wonder what was the point of leaving their country. Finally, there is happier news at the end.
This book met my expectations and more. If I could I would rate it 10 stars. It keeps you at the edge of your seat waiting to hear more. A brilliant book to read as a class novel or on your own. Absolutely love it! 💞
I found this book very informative as I didn't know much about refugees and the difficulties they face. It is a remarkable story of courage and friendship. I can now understand why refugees fight so hard to come to Australia when the government in their country is so cruel. I also understand more about the process of being a refugee in Australia. I was very humbled by Jamal and Bibi's story as they suffered many hardships but we're always positive and stuck together.
Morris Gleizman is a master of the well-intentioned ignorant. This is incredibly fast paced. Fantastic for late Primary and early secondary and also for reluctant readers.The fact that it builds empathy and compassion for ssylum seekers without patronising them is a bonus.
I read this book to my year 5 class and they loved it. They begged to keep reading at the end of each chapter. It was fantastic seeing their world view broaden and their awareness of the plight of refugees challenge popular media.