The Boy With Two Lives

The Boy With Two Lives

Paperback - 2015
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When ten-year-old Abbas arrives in England to start a new life - having just fled conscription into the Iranian army and survived almost three months alone in Istanbul, Turkey, waiting for a visa - he does not know that his troubles have only just begun. Abbas's cousin packs him off to boarding school, and infrequent phone calls are his only contact with his beloved mother in Iran. Things get worse when Abbas is threatened with deportation and forced to work through the nights during his school holidays to repay his 'debt', and worse still when, at the age of thirteen, he finds himself homeless. Abbas's extraordinary resilience in the face of overpowering odds makes this story based on true events from the internationally bestselling author of On Two Feet and Wings inspiring and unforgettable.
Published: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2015.
ISBN: 9781743314838
Branch Call Number: YA B KAZ
Characteristics: 244 pages ;,20 cm.


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Nov 08, 2017

Captivating account of the author's experience as a young boy (from Iran) in England trying to survive and succeed on his own without any family members supporting him -- actually his guardian was unaccountably cruel to him. I appreciated the reference to a poem by Thomas Gray (1716-1771) titled "If I Should Die".
Recommended for all ages (over ten years old) , not just young people.
I hope the author keeps writing about his life experiences...


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