Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera

Recommended by Haili Hughes (@HughesHaili)

Form and genre: prose, social and family issues fiction

Length: 352 pages

Summary: Khalid is just an ordinary 15 year old boy from Rochdale who loves football and all the other hobbies boys his age enjoy. But while he is on holiday in Pakistan with his family, he is abducted and taken to the infamous Guantanamo Bay and held there without charge. He is subjected to a cruel regime and his freedoms are taken away, which leaves him struggling with his own identity.

Age recommendation and challenging content: Recommend for Year 9 as some of the descriptions of the torture are a bit harrowing. It is stocked in our school library though and we have used extracts.

Notable reasons for recommending this book: Cultural value and it will help students understand the discrimination which Muslims faced after 9/11.