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Book Title: Refugee Boy|
The author of the book: Benjamin Zephaniah
Date of issue: August 2001
ISBN 13: 9780747550860
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 837 KB
Read full description of the books Refugee Boy:Trigger warnings: racism, murder (it happens off the page and is only related in letter form, but (view spoiler)[Alem's mother is "hacked to death" by soldiers (hide spoiler)], death of a parent.
I wanted to love this book, I really did. I mean, it's the story of a 14 year old boy whose father takes him to England on "holiday" and then leaves him there to claim refugee status to get him out of the Ethiopian/Eritrean border war. It should have been hard hitting and compelling and an insight to the way that the legal process around refugees is handled.
But it somehow fell completely flat. I found it difficult to engage with the characters. I really didn't like the writing. I had very little emotional reaction, even when brutal events were being described.
So while there were some interesting examinations of Alem coming to terms with English society and dealing with the legalities of applying for asylum, it mostly felt...simplistic and like it was intended for a much younger audience.
Read information about the authorA British-Jamaican writer, dub poet and Rastafari. He was included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers in 2008.
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