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.
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- Paperback | 352 pages
- 129 x 198 x 21mm | 245g
- 05 Feb 2009
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 1 map
This powerful and humane 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
This powerful and humane 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 * One of her greatest achievements is to make the frightening monotony of the two years he suffers so full of suspense. -- Kate Kellaway * Observer * An excellent novel . . . superb -- Amanda Craig * The Times * Extremely powerful, and the descriptions of torture are genuinely harrowing. * The Guardian * Timely, gritty fiction. * Times Review * Could it happen? It has happened. That's why teenagers should read this book. * Irish Times * Rising star: Anna Perera. Her novel highlights the teenagers sent to the camp as it tugs readers into its vivid nightmare journey. * The Independent *
About Anna Perera
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.