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Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2009.
Costa Book Awards 2009 Judges' comment: "An important and moving story of an ordinary teenage boy innocently caught up in a modern-day nightmare which exposes the shortcomings of contemporary justice."
Khalid, a fifteen-year-old Muslim boy from Rochdale, is abducted from Pakistan while on holiday with his family. He is taken to Guantanamo Bay and held without charge, where his hopes and dreams are crushed under the cruellest of circumstances. An innocent denied his freedom at a time when Western boys are finding theirs, Khalid tries and fails to understand what's happening to him and cannot fail to be a changed young man.
'A beautifully frank and strikingly inspiring novel, Guantanamo Boy is in many ways a voyage of discovery as Anna Perera bravely goes where many fear to tread. Expect to be wowed by this exceptional book.' spinebreakers.co.uk
'[An] excellent novel ... superb' - Amanda Craig, The Times
'This powerful book shows that hatred is never an answer, and proves the pointlessness of torture and the danger of thinking of anyone as 'other - Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week
Publication date: 05/02/2009
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||5th February 2009|
|Publisher:||Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Children's / Teenage fiction & true stories,|
Anna Perera was born in London to an Irish mother and Sri Lankan father. She worked as an English teacher in two secondary schools in London, and later became responsible for a unit for excluded boys. She lives in Hampshire, England. Guantanamo Boy is her first teenage novel.More About Anna Perera