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Boy Overboard

Boy Overboard

Book rating: 05 Paperback Puffin Books

By (author) Morris Gleitzman

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  • Publisher: Puffin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 12mm | 59g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 014131625X
  • ISBN 13: 9780141316253
  • Sales rank: 2,951

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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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Morris Gleitzman was born in Lincolnshire and moved to Australia in his teens. He worked as a paperboy, a shelf-stacker, a frozen chicken de-froster, an assistant to a fashion designer and more before taking a degree in Professional Writing at Canberra College and becoming a writer. He has written for TV, stage, newspapers and magazines but is best-known for his hugely successful children's books. BUMFACE was shortlisted for the Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal.

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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.