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  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Five Leaves Publications; 2nd edition (1 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907869557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907869556
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another potent read for school students is Bali Rai's short, accessible and arresting novella, What s Your Problem?, which, in very direct and bare-worded language, pulls its readers into the lives of an Asian family who move from a more secure Nottingham inner-city neighbourhood to a Midland village location, where the father has bought a newsagent shop. Their experiences are seen through the eyes and mind of the teenage son, Jaspal, who encounters the extremes of youthful life. Loyalty, particularly from the girls he befriends at his new rural school, and the violent gang racism from some of the boys, particularly those infected by the ideas of a fascist organisation called the Brotherhood of the White Fist , which spread out into the parochial hostility of the village. The author wastes no words. From the first chapter the reader is hurled headlong into the family s life and predicament, and the pressure continues throughout the novella s eighty pages until the tragic consequences of its ending, which reflect the reality of many real now-times news stories. This is a reading experience that will engage the consciousnesses of thousands of school readers, and in particular English teachers need to buy class sets so that the book and its themes are read and discussed in classrooms all over Britain. For What s Your Problem? opens up vital social questions which need to be at the creative head and heart of all our schools. --Chris Searle, Institute of Race Relations

Bali Rai's ability to cleverly interweave modern social issues into wonderfully satisfying stories comes in a very short, but striking, book of only 81 pages... Jaspal seeming to be the only Asian kid in a Midlands village and a focus for racial and friendship problems. --School Librarian

Bali Rai's ability to cleverly interweave modern social issues into wonderfully satisfying stories comes in a very short, but striking, book of only 81 pages... Jaspal seeming to be the only Asian kid in a Midlands village and a focus for racial and friendship problems. --School Librarian

From the Publisher

This book is suitable for reluctant readers of 13 to 16 with a reading age of 8

*It is printed on cream paper, which is proven to be more restful in the eye
*The font is specially designed to encourage a smooth and easy read
*There are frequent page breaks, short headed chapters and illustrations on almost every page
*A wide range of specialists, including children themselves, have read and commented on the book prior to publication

For more information please contact info@barringtonstoke.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
I thought that the book was great, but it could have been longer. It reminds people that racism is still going on and to be aware of it. It's basically about a boy called Jas who moves from Leicester to a place near Nottingham. They are faced with rascist comments and threats to leave. It's for 13+ years of age.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
this book was a bit short but it was very interesting. it is sad and makes you angry when you are reading it because of the different types of racial discrimination that jas and his family receive. i think that people who are predjudiced against different races should read this book because it is written from jas' point of view and shows how it feels to be in that position. i also think that people aged 12 upwards should read this book.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "adamphillips123" on 22 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
Bali Rai visited our school(King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys) and gave a full description of the books himself. My feeling was that this book was going to be very boring, so I got it out of the library to see for myself. I find it slightly enjoyable to read (Although it only took me half an hour!). It could have also gone on for slightly longer. I did feel for the characters occasionaly, but not really. I do like the idea of this Barrington Stoke business though, (Helping children to read). Overall, OKish...
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