Guantanamo Boy (Hardcover)

By Anna Perera

Albert Whitman & Company, 9780807530771, 339pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2011

Summer 2011 Kids' Next List

“Guantanamo Boy is one of those rare reads that successfully bridge fiction and real events, making the story even more vivid in the telling. Khalid is a normal 15-year-old English boy who loves soccer and computer games and has a crush on a girl at school. Soon after 9/11, on a trip to Pakistan to visit family, Khalid is kidnapped, tortured, and eventually incarcerated at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorists. Terrorism and its consequences on the innocent are brought into stark focus in this must-read for young adults with great crossover potential for adults as well.”
— Becky Anderson, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL
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Description

Innocent until proven guilty? Not here you're not. Robbed of his childhood, this is one boy's fictional experience of the supposed war on terror. Khalid, a fifteen-year-old Muslim boy from England, is abducted from Pakistan while on holiday with is family. He is taken to Guantanamo Bay and held without charge, where his hopes and dreams are crushed under the cruelest of circumstances. An innocent denied his freedom at a time when most boys are finding theirs, Khalid tries and fails to understand what's happening to him.
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