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Guantanamo Boy

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  889 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
¿Inocente hasta que se demueste lo contrario? Aquí no, no lo eres

A sus quince años, Khalid lleva una vida de lo más normal, como sus amigos.Aunque no le entusiasmaba demasiado, tiene previsto viajar a Pakistán junto con sus padres.

Entonces comienza una verdadera pesadilla.Khalid es secuestrado y llevado a un lugar donde "lo mas normal" son la tortura y el terror de la bahí
Paperback, 325 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Ediciones B (first published 2009)
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Katrina Davies It felt to be more of a realistic fiction. The events in the background of the story seemed vaguely familiar to me. Snippets of news stories, media…moreIt felt to be more of a realistic fiction. The events in the background of the story seemed vaguely familiar to me. Snippets of news stories, media sensation, adult gossip overheard when dancing around the dinner table all came back to me whilst reading this.(less)
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Dec 06, 2015 Yasamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: persian
خب. این کتاب.
درباره ی یه پسر پاکستانیه که تو انگلیس به دنیا اومده و همونجا بزرگ شده. وبه خاطر یه مشکلی با خانواده ش میرن پاکستان و اونجا دزدیده میشه و...
واقعا این کتاب نشون داد که آدما چقدر واقعا بدن. درواقع یه چیزی از بد اونور تر! با اون شکنجه ها و ..... امیدوارم که الان بهتر شده باشه اوضاع
اون شرایط روحی ای که پسره داشت تو زندان واقعا رو من هم اثر گذاشت. یعنی باید بگم نویسنده خوب توضیح داده و توصیف کرده
در کل کتاب خوبی بود!
Maggie Desmond-O'Brien
I came into this book fully prepared for loving and was left disappointed. I do not take kindly to be disappointed. So I'm sorry if my bitterness shines through.

We start in the UK, where every effort is made to portray Khalid as an ordinary boy, with ordinary friends, who likes to play not-so-ordinary video games. Very elaborate misunderstandings with certain governments ensue, and already the reader is a little dazed by the backstory Perera throws at them. There are endless prison transfers and
Sep 03, 2011 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 14-16 year olds
Recommended to Beverly by: list
Guantanamo Boy is a terrifyingly realistic novel. Khalid Ahmed, 15, was born in England. He only speaks English, rarely goes to mosque, never prays, never reads the Quran and dreams of playing professional soccer. When his parents decide to go to Pakistan to visit relatives, Ahmed is upset that he will not be spending his vacation partying with his friends. Khalid's idea of roughing it is going one day without getting on the computer. He is mortified his father wants to take the family to a thir ...more
M Razavy
"رفیق، آنقدر آب روی صورتت می ریزیم تا غرق شوی. اشتباه نکن، ما آدمهای خوبی هستیم. بچه هایمان را کتک نمی زنیم اما از کتک زدن شما ناراحت نمی شویم."
نتیجه خوندن کتاب برام بیشتر شدن حس نفرت و تهوع از دموکراسی آمریکایی بود.
شکنجه هایی که شرح می داد وحشتناک بود، ولی فکر میکنم باز هم خیلی چیزها رو ننوشته.
Mar 25, 2011 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
This is a book I would never normally read. Luckily the bright orange cover sparked my interest enough to pick it up. When reading this author's note, "Although 'Guantanamo boy' is a work of fiction, it is inspired by real events", I bought it.

I found Khalid's story extremely eye opening and thought provoking. There was no holding back in regards to the acts of torture, the injustices and lack of basic human rights. I was horrified by it.

This book will hopefully make those of us who like to bur
Jun 16, 2010 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, ereader, multicultural
Khalid Ahmad is a 15 year old English boy. He watches and plays futbal, works hard at school, has strong family values and an affinity for computer games. He takes a trip to Pakistan with his family, as his father must clean up loose ends after his grandmother dies. Of course, Khalid is in Pakistan in the wake of 9/11 and is picked up for being a terrorist. He is then thrown in jail without a trail, his habeous corpus suspended -- however I don't know if England has habeous corpus. Right-o. Of c ...more
Meri L
Oct 07, 2011 Meri L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started this book, I thought I might not like it, because I was getting annoyed with the authors style of writing. The words just didn't seem to flow, and the story was going very slowly, but after he went to Pakistan, I got more into the book and really felt that the story was getting better. There were not too many graphic details about the torture that Khalid went through during his stay at the prison, just enough to give you a glimpse of what he was feeling, but not enough for t ...more
May 26, 2010 Fiona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
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The 15-year-old sounded like a 50-year-old lecturing 15 year olds about the importance of Culture. Unrealistic voice in conjunction with weak and awkward writing didn't help differentiate among the twenty characters tossed out in the first 50 pages who are all indistinguishable.

I have a hard time with books like this, where the goal is to educate young readers about A Very Important Topic. It comes off false. There's not a story but instead, a string of Lessons to Learn. You can write a story o
Aug 03, 2011 Julianne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is mediocre at best. While the story idea was good, it was not executed very well. The political message was shoved down your throat, not weaved into the storyline gracefully. The storyline was predictable and also became tedious and repetitive toward the middle.

I was very much distracted by the writing style, which I found to be very lazy and amateurish. I've never seen so many sentence fragments in one book. The author and her editor both need some more writing courses before putting
Feb 22, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book as part of my pursuit to find young adult novels with characters whose lives stories may slightly coincide with the lives of my students. I was excited to find a book with a teenage character whose family is from Pakistan. I'm happy the book was written and understand why the author felt such passion about the topic. At the same time, I'd be hesitant to give this book to my immigrant students. The author obviously had many messages. Though there were parts about how we sh ...more
This was simpy a fantastic read. I read it cover to cover in one sitting.

This book is so far out of what I normally read. I don't read a lot of these 'issues' books written for teens. I feel they are usually over-done to say the least. This story is not in the same league as anything like those. This book is about an English-born Pakistani boy who leads the life of most normal English boys. He very rarely has seen the hate that is directed at Muslims or Pakistanis until he visits his own homelan
Aug 19, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ncbla
It's hard for me to say that I love this book because it describes horrors, cruelties, and civil rights violations that are almost impossible to imagine in today's world. But they did happen, especially back in the early months after the attack on the World Trade Center in New York back in 2001. As I read it, I couldn't help wondering what it would take to survive and heal from being kidnapped at the age of 15 and then tortured in order to force out a confession. In the case of Khalid Ahmed, he ...more
seanat (elka)
Feb 14, 2012 seanat (elka) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-teen, kindle, 2012
An unexpected subject for a teen read but an important one.
Khalid an unexceptional and naive teen is mad about; football, computer games, girls and hanging out with mates. Born to liberal hardworking Pakistani muslim parents he rarely even experiences conflicts between his lifestyle and religion.

This all changes when he visits Pakistan for a family holiday and finds himself kidnapped, imprisoned without charge and then sent to Guantanamo as a suspected terrorist.
The torture and horrors of Guan
Jul 01, 2011 Isamlq rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
It took five chapters for me to get into it. I'd heard it was a "harrowing" tale and such and such, but all I was reading was a story of young man, a boy really, whose just like any other: Khalid loves his mother, follows his father and is not as aware of the goings-on as I'd have liked him to be. When he and his family go on a vacation things change.

And harrowing things did become.

I can tell you precisely which line had me paying closer attention. When someones says, "You don't have any legal
Jan 06, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Read this in almost one sitting while on a long plane ride. Riveting telling of the tortures and humiliations suffered by an innocent teenager as "collateral damage" in this short-sighted "war on terror." At one point I was so engaged that if I hadn't been on a plane, I would have been on the phone to my congressman, demanding that something be done.

Unfortunately the ending is a bit too moralistic. It upsets me when authors seem to feel they have to spell out "The Meaning". Is this because it i
Isobel Ramsden
Guantanamo Boy tells the story of a teenage boy imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. Khalid is visiting Pakistan with his family when he is detained by the US who claim he is a dangerous terrorist. He is not given a lawyer or a trial and cannot make contact with his family. What follows is the account of how he gets sent to Guantanamo Bay and what he experiences there.
This book exposes the cruelty and injustice suffered by the detainees in Guantanamo Bay, from being denied the p
Andrew Duros
Dec 30, 2014 Andrew Duros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Duros
1st Period
Ms. Young
Guantanamo Boy
By Anna Perera

Khalid, a British born fifteen year old Pakistani boy, went on a family holiday from his hometown of Rochdale, UK to Pakistan. In 2002, the year after the 9/11 bombings, almost all Muslims were looked on as suspects. It did not take more than the prejudice of being a Muslim and an unfounded accusation with flimsy “evidence” for Khalid to be kidnapped and imprisoned as a terrorist in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Even in Pakistan, the U.S. gover
Brendan Keogh
Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perrera is a book everyone should read because it offers a perspective that those of us living in the United States rarely see. It helps to show the cruelty of the American government towards people in the arab world after 9/11. Often times when we read books or watch movies about a war the Americans are always the good guys and are always right. We see all the terrible things that other people do to our soldiers but, we are shielded from the terrible things our soldiers d ...more
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Story is eye-opening and thought-provoking. It’s not a book I’d normally pick up, but it’s an intriguing read all the same, and inspired by true events. At times, the realism was almost too much. The book was harsh, the torture sickening. The writing and characterization could’ve been a bit better though. It took a while to get into it though.
Andres Hudson
Jan 06, 2015 Andres Hudson rated it liked it
aaaaaaaaay que me costó leerlo por mi resaca literea :( pero pucha que me hizo sufrir. Un libro crudo, explicito y triste. La autora me hizo ponerme en el lugar del protagonista y era aun peor.
Un libro que todos deberian leer.
¿Porque 3 estrellas? por la sencilla razon que me aburrió al principio, pero despues se pone bastante bueno. Y no podia parar de leerlo.
3/5 estrellas
Dec 31, 2014 Ricki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A harrowing tale of a 15-year-old boy who is accused of terrorism and tortured by American soldiers in Guantanamo Bay. Khalid is innocent, yet there is nothing he can say to convince the interrogators of this truth. This book was very enlightening. It made me want to get out and picket for a faster closure of Guantanamo Bay.
Feb 02, 2015 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the idea for this book. I didn't really like the main character at first. He seemed pretty whiny and ungrateful, but then he is a teenager, so that kind of sums them up most of the time. I found it a little hard to believe that given the atmosphere at the time, that his dad would take his small children to Pakistan, which is what led to Khalid's capture. I was fascinated by what he had to go through, and it made me angry that an innocent person was so easily put in this situation. ...more
Sep 29, 2011 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, book-club, ya
A powerful and difficult book to get through, but written totally accessibly for kids of the age it's aimed toward. I could see this being taught in schools, except I don't think it would get past a school board. It probably SHOULD be taught in schools though.
Megan Geissler
Jun 14, 2015 Megan Geissler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good job relaying the experience of a detainee through the perspective of a 15 yo boy. I had never really spent much time thinking about children at Guantanamo and the author vividly captures the trauma and horror of extrajudicial treatment of alleged combatants. Some of the stylistic methods were annoying to me but that's only because I'm a stickler for full sentences over fragments. At another point while the title character and his cousin are chatting over the computer, she refers to it as em ...more
Apr 18, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent teen read which tackles the complex, ruthless and often distorted world of terrorism and perhaps more frigheningly, as the book portrays, the world of counter terrorism. The main protagonist, Khalid, is in every sense an ordinary British teenager who through a series of unforeseen events finds himself accused of being involved with a terrorist plot to bomb western cities. The account of his two years captivity is told in harrowing terms reflecting the brutality of those allegedly se ...more
Liz Janet
The message this book gives is very loud and clear, only a fool would not understand it.
Jack Jackson
This book is well written, but with a pretty obvious political agenda behind the fictionalized tale. A Muslim boy is taken and shipped off to Guantanamo Bay without charge, something a great many on the left have accused our government of doing far more than can ever be proved. But if you can put aside the political accusations and remember that this (and many of the charges) are truly fiction, it can be an enjoyable read and even make you feel bad for young Khalid and all he has to go through.
Mason Goldberg
Jan 06, 2015 Mason Goldberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guantanamo Boy is a book that brings the reader through the same feelings that the main character, Khalid, experienced. It is well written, and encompasses feelings of intrigue, suspense, anger, remorse, and sorrow just as Khalid would have felt, showing the reader the quality of the book. Guantanamo Boy is about a British boy who is wrongfully accused of being a terrorist when visiting family in Pakistan. The author takes the reader through the dreadful journey that Khalid is forced to experien ...more
Jun 02, 2011 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Khalid is a normal Muslim, English boy who likes to hang out with his friends, annoy his younger siblings and play video games. When vacationing in Pakistan with his family, he is kidnapped and jailed because apparently he is a suspected terrorist. He is tortured, starved and interrogated for two years. Time and again he tells the guards that he is not a terrorist but they do not believe him. While being water boarded, he confesses to what they believe about him, just to make the torture stop.

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Anna was born in London to a Sri Lankan, Buddhist father and Irish, Catholic mother and grew up twenty miles away. After teaching English in two secondary schools in London, she ran a unit for teenage boys who were excluded from school and later did an MA in Writing For Children at Winchester University. She lives in London and has a grown-up son.

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