Jamal loves playing football, which isn't easy if your goalie only has one leg and you keep having to dodge landmines to get your ball back. Jamal's stubborn little sister Bibi is even better at football than Jamal. But girls playing football is against the law in Afganistan. When it is discovered that Jamal's mother has been secretly running a school, the family must leave their home immediately and begin a long and dangerous journey to Australia. The children survive separation from their parents, hunger, and violent smugglers only to find that Australia isn't as welcoming as they had thought but, even though they face an uncertain future, Jamal, Bibi and their parents know that as long as they are together, that is all that matters.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published on August 1, 2007 by Currency Pr
ISBN-10: 0868198072
ISBN-13: 9780868198071
13 Book Reviews
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  • anynomousThursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:48 pm
    this book am good Is recomendes to lotes ofe peoples
    • Mysterious???Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 4:15 pm
      The start of this book is pretty boring and if you don't like soccer/football it can be a hard read. I like how Morris Gleitzman has used a range of emotions to get you hooked on every page. I remember my teacher reading this book when I was in Grade 5 and now in grade 8 I'm going back to it and speaking about it for an English Assessment.
      • steveWednesday, October 31, 2018 at 12:56 am
        the book was great and enjoyed it a lot! It was intense, emotional and adventurous. I recommend people to read this book.
        • mariaSaturday, September 15, 2018 at 8:02 pm
          I am in year 9 and doing an assignment about boy overboard. I personally think that its boring but as already said It will be interesting to kids who like soccer & football
          • mia'Monday, September 10, 2018 at 2:12 am
            it is awesome the book
            • bobSunday, September 9, 2018 at 7:53 pm
              This book is so good they dont end up getting to Australia
              • Unicorns rockThursday, August 23, 2018 at 1:24 am
                I am reading this book so far and I think it's awesome
                • CHARLIEMonday, August 20, 2018 at 5:15 am
                  this is the most amazing book i have ever read i am reading it in school but sometimes it can get super sad
                  • UnknownSunday, July 29, 2018 at 12:50 am
                    I have to read this book in school and I’m only on chapter 3 and it’s a little boring I think it’s just because I don’t like soccor/football but if u do this book will be good for you.
                    • UnknownThursday, June 7, 2018 at 5:34 pm
                      it is very educational and engaging!!!!