Boy Overboard

Boy Overboard

Book rating: 05 Paperback Puffin Books

By (author) Morris Gleitzman

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  • Publisher: PUFFIN
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 12mm | 59g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2006
  • ISBN 10: 014131625X
  • ISBN 13: 9780141316253
  • Sales rank: 3,116

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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.

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Author information

Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was sixteen. After university he worked for ten years as a screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now, after 35 books, he's one of Australia's most popular children's authors. Visit Morris at his website:

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By diyane 08 Sep 2011 5

Boy Overboard is a story about Jamal,Bibi and their Mum and dad.Mum gets into trouble from the government because she run an illegal school for children.they had to get out of Afghanistan before the government kills them and get to Australia.

I have learned that the government in some countries like Afghanistan are really mean.At the moment i wouldn't go to Afghanistan because of the government.This book makes me feel emotional because of all the bad things that go wrong to the people in Afghanistan

I thought the book was great because of all of the excitement and sadness.i would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in other Countries.