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13 and up,
7 and up
5.00" x 7.75"
Accelerated Reader® Points: 13.00
ATOS Level: 5.50
Plot Summary"Set six months after 9/11, this unforgettable novel raises crucial headline issues through the story of teenage Khalid, born near Manchester, England in a secular Muslim family." Starred, Booklist
2011 Booklist Editors Choice; 2011 Distinguished Book of the Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California; 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults, YALSA; 2012 Notable Social Studies Trade Book, Children's Book Council and the National Council for the Social Studies; A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book 2012 - Fiction for Teens; Best Children's Books of the Year 2012, Bank Street College; Summer 2011 Children's Indie Next List
"Teen readers need and deserve stories that open windows to worlds they cannot and do not inhabit. Guantanamo opens wide a window that casts a bright light on the ethics of interrogation. Like Cory Doctorow's Little Brother, it should raise questions for which there are no easy answers." Teri S. Lesesne, Professor of Library Science, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
"Guantanamo Boy is one of those rare reads that bridges a fictitious story to that of a real time, place and event making the story so vividly real in its telling. Khalid is a normal 15-year-old English boy, who loves soccer, computer games and has a crush on a girl at school. Soon after 9/11, on a trip to Pakistan to visit family Khalid finds himself kidnapped, tortured and eventually incarcerated at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorists. Terrorism and its consequences on the innocent are brought into such focus that you are shocked beyond belief with the sheer reading of this story. This is a must read for young adult readers and a great crossover for adults. A book that will stay with you a very long while; a book you'll want to tell others about, discuss and ruminate over." Becky Anderson, Anderson's Book Shops
"All I could think about while reading Guantanamo Boy was this could happen to one of my friends! I'm a 16-year-old sophomore and Khalid the main character is only 15, an innocent, when he is kidnapped and eventually thrown into prison at Guantanamo Bay. What kept going through my mind was the injustice, the pain, the loneliness, the anger, the tears, and the hopelessness. What a read--it really opened my eyes to the hysteria that terrorism causes in our world." Hallie, Age 16
"A chilling and horrifying story of an innocent 15-year-old London-born Pakistani boy who is captured by the U.S. government, taken to Guantanamo Prison and tortured until he collapses. The novel will raise important questions related to government profiling, human rights, and the use of 'torture.' This may well become one of the most important teen novels about social justice of the new century. It will be chewed up, debated, and hopefully digested." Pat Scales, Librarian, Author, and member, National Coalition Against Censorship Council of Advisors
"You need to read this book. I won't lie; I can't say I loved it, and want to read it over and over. It's not that kind of book. Frankly, parts of this novel may really mess you up. But it's worth a few tears, because it makes you think." Tanita Davis, Finding Wonderland
"Readers will feel every ounce of Khalid's terror, frustration, and helplessness in this disturbing look at a sad, ongoing chapter in contemporary history."
"...this gripping look at a poorly defined war's unintended consequences uniquely challenges readers to examine common beliefs and ask searching questions about means and ends."
"Set six months after 9/11, this unforgettable novel raises crucial headline issues through the story of teenage Khalid, born near Manchester, England in a secular Muslim family."
STARRED REVIEW, Booklist
"Guantanamo Boy is a must read for today's teens (and adults). Her frank, intense story will spark ethical debates, beginning with whether torture is ever justified." Judy Green, The Sacramento Bee
"Khalid's story, which is frighteningly based in fact, shocks the reader. This book puts a face on the prisoners of Guantanamo and the mentality of the world in the early years after 9/11. It is a must read for teens." Starred, Library Media Connection
"This absolutely gripping story will leave teens wanting to understand more and perhaps even want to do something about unjust imprisonment." VOYA
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