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I came into this book fully prepared for loving and was left disappointed I do not take kindly to be disappointed So I m sorry if my bitterness shines through.We start in the UK, where every effort is made to portray Khalid as an ordinary boy, with ordinary friends, who likes to play not so ordinary video games Very elaborate misunderstandings with certain governments ensue, and already the reader is a little dazed by the backstory Perera throws at them There are endless prison transfers and I came into this book fully prepared for loving and was left disappointed I do not take kindly to be disappointed So I m sorry if my bitterness shines through.We start in the UK, where every effort is made to portray Khalid as an ordinary boy, with ordinary friends, who likes to play not so ordinary video games Very elaborate misunderstandings with certain governments ensue, and already the reader is a little dazed by the backstory Perera throws at them There are endless prison transfers and endless other prisoners and endless prison guards, portrayed always, always in black and white instead of the shades of gray that always dominate shady politics Khalid is obsessed with the beautiful girl he left back home she pulls him through There is a drawn out ending that beats the reader with its lofty messages until we feel black and blue.Roll credits.I tried to love this one I really did Like I said, I came into it with exceptionally high hopes A teen novel about Guantanamo Bay, one of the most disturbing and riveting human rights incidents in my country s history What could go wrong Unfortunately, what always seems to go wrong when authors set out to tell a Message instead of a Story constant nobility and morality gets boring There s no authenticity And the book drags on.There are a number of excellent moments, such as when Khalid realizes that your ideas of people rarely match up to your realities, especially when it comes to the people you think you re in love with But they hardly outweigh the bloated and frustrating wasted potential of the rest of the book The 15 year old sounded like a 50 year old lecturing 15 year olds about the importance of Culture Unrealistic voice in conjunction with weak and awkward writing didn t help differentiate among the twenty characters tossed out in the first 50 pages who are all indistinguishable I have a hard time with books like this, where the goal is to educate young readers about A Very Important Topic It comes off false There s not a story but instead, a string of Lessons to Learn You can write a story o The 15 year old sounded like a 50 year old lecturing 15 year olds about the importance of Culture Unrealistic voice in conjunction with weak and awkward writing didn t help differentiate among the twenty characters tossed out in the first 50 pages who are all indistinguishable I have a hard time with books like this, where the goal is to educate young readers about A Very Important Topic It comes off false There s not a story but instead, a string of Lessons to Learn You can write a story on a huge topic like this and do it well and do it within a voice of a 15 year old This one, however, does not achieve that It feels like the kind of book Adults Think Kids Should Read This is a book I would never normally read Luckily the bright orange cover sparked my interest enough to pick it up When reading this author s note, Although Guantanamo boy is a work of fiction, it is inspired by real events , I bought it I found Khalid s story extremely eye opening and thought provoking There was no holding back in regards to the acts of torture, the injustices and lack of basic human rights I was horrified by it.This book will hopefully make those of us who like to bur This is a book I would never normally read Luckily the bright orange cover sparked my interest enough to pick it up When reading this author s note, Although Guantanamo boy is a work of fiction, it is inspired by real events , I bought it I found Khalid s story extremely eye opening and thought provoking There was no holding back in regards to the acts of torture, the injustices and lack of basic human rights I was horrified by it.This book will hopefully make those of us who like to bury our heads in the sand payattention to what is going on in the world in order to start forming our own opinions and beliefs Khalid Ahmad is a 15 year old English boy He watches and plays futbal, works hard at school, has strong family values and an affinity for computer games He takes a trip to Pakistan with his family, as his father must clean up loose ends after his grandmother dies Of course, Khalid is in Pakistan in the wake of 9 11 and is picked up for being a terrorist He is then thrown in jail without a trail, his habeous corpus suspended however I don t know if England has habeous corpus Right o Of c Khalid Ahmad is a 15 year old English boy He watches and plays futbal, works hard at school, has strong family values and an affinity for computer games He takes a trip to Pakistan with his family, as his father must clean up loose ends after his grandmother dies Of course, Khalid is in Pakistan in the wake of 9 11 and is picked up for being a terrorist He is then thrown in jail without a trail, his habeous corpus suspended however I don t know if England has habeous corpus Right o Of course, Khalid winds up in Guantanamo, which breaks several geneval laws.What I notice about Guantanamo Boy is the underlying political statements It is very critical of the war on terror It is very critical of Guantanamo Bay For the most part, I understand that criticism However, I felt it was just a little too blatant for me I m not very comfortable when someone forces their political opinion on me Yet, I do think what Perera has done in raising awareness about the unfair practices of Guantanamo Bay is fabulous.One thing which bothered me, it may not bother you, was the graphic descriptions of the torture Khalid underwent I m conflicted as I write this because I especially found it disturbing However, I suppose being edgy is necessary to get the point across about just how bad torture is, and how confessions extracted under duress aren t quite real confessions at all.Guantanmo Boy was a compelling read, but THE MESSAGE was a little too loud, clear, and blatant for me I thought this was an average message read This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I am not usually very interested in realistic tales of hardship.Reading through someone s struggle doesn t fascinate me, my misery memoirs reading started and ended with Dave Pelzer s A Boy Called It trilogy.I wasn t looking forward to reading this, but it s on the Lancashire Children s Book Award shortlist, so I read it for uni.It scattered my expectations Even now I keep being surprised at how it completely took me by surprise Perera does a rare thing with this beautiful book, which I feel I am not usually very interested in realistic tales of hardship.Reading through someone s struggle doesn t fascinate me, my misery memoirs reading started and ended with Dave Pelzer s A Boy Called It trilogy.I wasn t looking forward to reading this, but it s on the Lancashire Children s Book Award shortlist, so I read it for uni.It scattered my expectations Even now I keep being surprised at how it completely took me by surprise Perera does a rare thing with this beautiful book, which I feel deserves a subtler, gentler cover.Khalid, the protagonist, is drawn with love He is a thoughtful, impulsive, likeable teenage boy he cares about his dad, occasionally messes up at school, cheerfully admits to himself that he s rubbish at football He struggles to unite his family s traditions with his settled, Western life, but nothan any teenager strains against the confines of their parents expectations.Khalid s experience of interrogation, isolation, and the withholding of basic human rights isn t immediately distressing Perera has written with great skill and care here, making the book appropriate for younger readers, but not flinching from what Guantanamo is, and does There were moments when I caught my breath the men, ashamed of their nakedness, crying as they shower Khalid screaming his cousin s name, poring over books for the release they give him Dreaming of what he will do with his freedom little dreams, but so distant for him.Although it s undoubtedly going to teach most readers a lot about the horror of secret prisons and obtaining evidence by torture, Guantanamo Boy doesn t feel preachy There s a wonderful lightness of touch, and a real generosity that makes Khalid a genuinely likeable young man It was hard to move away from this book, and hard to accept that it is a work of fiction Khalid s anger, his despair, his madness, are all perfectly written, and the sense of time wasted, of youth blown away, is achingly sad Best of all are Khalid s clumsily eloquent words at the end, trying to describe two years of teenage life lost A brilliant, difficult, thoughtful and incredibly skilled story This book is mediocre at best While the story idea was good, it was not executed very well The political message was shoved down your throat, not weaved into the storyline gracefully The storyline was predictable and also became tedious and repetitive toward the middle.I was very much distracted by the writing style, which I found to be very lazy and amateurish I ve never seen so many sentence fragments in one book The author and her editor both need somewriting courses before putting This book is mediocre at best While the story idea was good, it was not executed very well The political message was shoved down your throat, not weaved into the storyline gracefully The storyline was predictable and also became tedious and repetitive toward the middle.I was very much distracted by the writing style, which I found to be very lazy and amateurish I ve never seen so many sentence fragments in one book The author and her editor both need somewriting courses before putting out professional publications When I first started this book, I thought I might not like it, because I was getting annoyed with the authors style of writing The words just didn t seem to flow, and the story was going very slowly, but after he went to Pakistan, I gotinto the book and really felt that the story was getting better There were not too many graphic details about the torture that Khalid went through during his stay at the prison, just enough to give you a glimpse of what he was feeling, but not enough for t When I first started this book, I thought I might not like it, because I was getting annoyed with the authors style of writing The words just didn t seem to flow, and the story was going very slowly, but after he went to Pakistan, I gotinto the book and really felt that the story was getting better There were not too many graphic details about the torture that Khalid went through during his stay at the prison, just enough to give you a glimpse of what he was feeling, but not enough for the book to be disturbing to younger teens I believe that people should know about the bad things in this world that some of us are sheltered from.The emotions and trauma displayed by this young man have been portrayed so realistically, I felt like I was experiencing them with him I don t want to go into detail as it would bethan spoilers, they would ruin the storyline for people who want to read it.I really commend Anna Perera for writing a book on this subject This is the first young adult book that I have read that deals with the Guantanamo Bay prison I think its a very important message read that anyone over thirteen or fourteen should read This book was given to me by the Albert Whitman Company for review, but this has in no way influenced my opinion of the book 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 Guantanamo Boy is a terrifying portrait of state terror acted out on the body of a 15 year old boy Khalid, born and raised in England, is visiting family in Pakistan when he is kidnapped and detained for suspected terrorism Passed into the hands of the United States military, Khalid is tortured and imprisoned, with no end in sight His crime Playing a video game that his cousin created This is the inside story of extraordinary rendition that has been carried out since the start of the War wi Guantanamo Boy is a terrifying portrait of state terror acted out on the body of a 15 year old boy Khalid, born and raised in England, is visiting family in Pakistan when he is kidnapped and detained for suspected terrorism Passed into the hands of the United States military, Khalid is tortured and imprisoned, with no end in sight His crime Playing a video game that his cousin created This is the inside story of extraordinary rendition that has been carried out since the start of the War with Afghanistan and Iraq This is the story of the still open US military detention center known as Guantanamo Bay This is terrorism, torture, and families fight to find and free their teenage son reading this book paired with The Librarian of Auschwitz offered a deep and disturbing sense of what it might be like to be confined, starved, tortured and scared without an end in site An awful predicament to say the least and one that people face here and around the world.S Rosenkrantz This was simpy a fantastic read I read it cover to cover in one sitting.This book is so far out of what I normally read I don t read a lot of these issues books written for teens I feel they are usually over done to say the least This story is not in the same league as anything like those This book is about an English born Pakistani boy who leads the life of most normal English boys He very rarely has seen the hate that is directed at Muslims or Pakistanis until he visits his own homelan This was simpy a fantastic read I read it cover to cover in one sitting.This book is so far out of what I normally read I don t read a lot of these issues books written for teens I feel they are usually over done to say the least This story is not in the same league as anything like those This book is about an English born Pakistani boy who leads the life of most normal English boys He very rarely has seen the hate that is directed at Muslims or Pakistanis until he visits his own homeland, Pakistan Together with his parents he travels to Pakistan, where he is caught up in events which are really beyond his control and before he knows it he has been kidnapped by US forces believing him to be a terrorist and he eventually finds himself in Guantanamo Bay.This is a harrowing tale, which had me completely engrossed in this young man s life The emotions and trauma displayed by this young man have been portrayed so realisticly, I felt like I was experiencing them with him I don t want to go into detail as it would bethan spoilers, they would ruin the storyline for people who want to read it.I NEVER thought I would read anything like this, but it was so highly recommended by book reviewers here in NZ, I just had to find out what they thought was so wonderful.This is NOT a tale of American bashing or pro muslim which I thought it would be at first It is a true to life story the authors note says it is inspired by real events that has certainly got me looking at things in a new way This story is scary and wonderful, harrowing and moving and a book that I recommend to everyone I am a 44 year old, white christian woman and yet I was moved to tears and to a stronger understanding of those people in this world who, though they might believe differently than me, want and desire the same things I do A must read for everyone over the age of 14 no matter their race, creed, colour or religion