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Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah
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Jul 21, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: refugees, london, ya, war-other, eritrea, ethiopia
Read on July 20, 2011 , read count: 1

Absolutely incredible story - I was stunned to find out at the end that it was fictional! I honestly thought this was a true story. Man.

I read an 'uncorrected proof' because that just happened to be the copy I found (in a secondhand bookstore). So I don't know if things were changed or what, but I LOVED the start - how in the first chapter they are in Ethiopia, and Alem's father is being called a traitor because his wife is Eritrean... then the second chapter is almost word for word exactly the same - the only difference being now they are in Eritrea, and his mother is being called a traitor because her husband is Ethiopian. It's a really strong start that paints so vividly the conflict between the two places. And I am gonna admit now that before this book... I knew jack-all about that!

After that, Alem and his father go on a "holiday" to England... where Alem's father leaves him in hopes that his boy will be able to gain refugee status, and safety. The fact that he only spent one night in the detention centre before finding a foster home seemed a tad farfetched, but apart from that... amazing story. So sad too :( But oh, Alem was a wonderful character to read about! I really loved him :)
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Lolalola HEEEEY people! Who have already read this book? Who knows where to find the full movie of this book? We will be on Wednesday verification work on this book, but I have not even read it. Please dont ignore it. We need to know important information: names of the characters, the names of countries and organizations, the year, the situation, the end as it was, who suffered and so on. Who can help? Who can write the full story-short? Please write to me !!!!!
Help me!!!
Help me plz!!
help me!!!
Just help me
or kill me
where can i
the full movie?

Hannah Hi lolalola

I don't think there is a movie, but I would like one!

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