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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (5 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141326077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141326078
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anna Perera is the author of the critically acclaimed Guantanamo Boy which was shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award and Branford Boase and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She also gives talks, visits schools, reviews, writes articles and screenplays and enjoys the local pub quiz every week even though her team rarely win. Anna has a grown-up son and lives in London.

Her latest novel is set in Cairo: The Glass Collector.

UK publisher: Puffin.
US publisher: Albert Whitman Ltd.

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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 the Author

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.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A librarian writes... on 19 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a coming of age story with a difference. Guantanamo Boy tells the story of Khalid, a young British teen who loves his mates, his computer games and is beginning to like girls. Khalid doesn't come of age with success on the football fields or with fumbles with the opposite sex but in a world of suspicion, terror and confusion. Retaining a simple, almost naïve dignity we experience with Khalid the horror of how an innocent boy ends up in Guantanamo Bay. The novel starts, like Khalid, with a simple and straightforward innocence. As Khalid's story develops you gain an affection for him and as you become caught up in his world to the point where, as the story takes its dramatic and horrifying turn, you feel protective of him and ashamed that a civilised world can treat a child in the ways so powerfully described.

I found Guantanamo Boy to be a difficult and uncomfortable read but this is not say that it was not an utterly compelling read. Some of the passages describing his `interrogation' are challenging to read - you almost want to cry out to make it stop. It tackles head on the horrors of humanity by dealing with a very emotive and topical subject . I would encourage young teens and adults to read this book and be prepared to travel with Khalid to the very dark heart of the `war on terror'.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SJSmith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Mar 2009
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A very moving and inspirational read. Anna Perera pulls no punches with this highly emotive and descriptive teenager's novel. It isn't until you've read the novel that you can reflect on the serenity from the opening scene; the clash of images in the rest of the novel will unsettle most readers. It would be good if this appears either as a whole text or as extracts on future syllabuses across many departments in schools, it offers a wealth of information to explore.

I only know of Guantanamo Bay from what I see in the media and it was good to then read in The Times and The Guardian how Perara developed the concept for the novel. Acknowledging her main source, Perara admits not wanting to use detainees' stories as they are their stories to be told and not hers. This alone touched me but left me wondering how evocative her novel would then be; I didn't have to wonder for long; in my opinion she has been successful at becoming a 15 year old Muslim.

Khalid is like any other teenager until a family holiday to Pakistan. A holiday he didn't want to take and continually lets his family know this. I won't go in to how he is abducted or the actual circumstances but I really did feel Khalid's sense of confusion at the situation he was faced with. The narrative flows and I found it hard to put the novel down, in fact I didn't want to as I just wanted to keep on reading about Khalid's ordeal.

I think this book will haunt me for a long time and I will recommend it to everyone! I was reduced to tears towards the end, resulting in me needing a few moments of reflection once I'd reached the end. The novel is complete, I can't go into much more because I don't want to mention the outcome of the novel but I wasn't left with any questions.
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By Anthony Birch on 30 April 2014
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i loved Guantamano boy. It was an extremely powerful and heart-wrenching book on the life of a boy in one of the toughest prisons.
I definitely recommend reading it. If you don't, you are missing out on one of the most amazing books ever to be published. The book also told me how much we take for granted-a chocolate bar to Khalid was heaven, but most of us eat them everyday without thinking about their taste and how good they are.

I salute you, Anna
Matthew, the kid you met in a cafe
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I read this book in 2 days. It is a very powerful and harrowing read yet also very believable. The author takes you into the mind of 15 year old Khalid and his journey from Rochdale, where he lives as any normal teenager, with a love of football and friends to visiting his family in Pakistan where things go awry. After his arrest in Pakistan, which eventually results in his impoundment in Guantanamo Bay, his isolation, suffering and his hope is summed up brilliantly by the author.

I would recommend this book to be on the reading list of every secondary school as it covers current and relevant issues surrounding prejudice in our society.

This book highlights how we take the mundane and everyday things for granted. The vivid writing shows that even if we think all is lost the tiniest kind gesture will give us hope.
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I found this book surprising in many ways. When I read the blurb I thought it would be like any other book. I thought it would be a good read but just a book, not very believable, but I was pleasantly surprised. It begins with a teenager, Khalid Ahmed, whose life is fairly normal and you begin to get to know the character, how much he loves football and computer games, and find out about his slight reluctance to be around his family.

His reaction, therefore, when his mum tells him about the family holiday to Karachi, Pakistan to visit his dad's sisters, is not a good one. During the holiday he is kidnapped by a bunch of thugs and transported to several different places before finally ending up at Guantanamo Bay, and being unfairly interviewed at regular intervals.

I found the interviews quite hard to read sometimes because I could feel Khalid's stress at being asked the same questions over and over again and not being believed when he stated his innocence.

I found `Guantanamo Boy' a very interesting book, showing a boy's innocence in a time of war and paranoia. I could tell there was a lot of emotion put into writing it and I found I could easily empathise with Khalid as he went through the struggles of trying to show ignorant people that he has done nothing wrong. I would recommend it.
Ross MacFarlane 3S - Forres Academy
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