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Amir: friend on loan (The Third Space #2)

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Amir has been best friends with Dragan since they were in kinder and the boys are looking forward to starting high school together next year. Even though Amir’s parents are Bosnian Muslim and Dragan is of Serbian Orthodox background, the boys think of themselves as Australian and their cultural differences have never mattered ... until the Balkan war breaks out. Suddenly t ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published February 10th 2014 by Garratt Publishing
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Brit McCarthy
Thank you to Goodreads and the author Amra Pajalic for providing me with a copy of this book.

Amir: Friend On Loan tells the story of Amir and Dragan, best friends living in Australia but with different ethnic backgrounds. This has never been a problem for their friendship, until the 'Serbs' invade Bosnia. Dragan is from Serbia and Amir from Bosnia. This causes all kinds of problems with their families and friends, and the boys find themselves not allowed to be friends anymore.

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May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. This book gives us real and not sugar-coated reality of ethnic relations and life in general in Australia. I think it is pitch-perfect for the audience in terms of language and length. There's a lot to learn about the conflict in the Balkans and how it affected (negatively) communities from that area living in Australia. Being from ethnic background myself I can vouch that the book gives us the real picture of how war affected scores of immigrants living thousands of ...more
A compelling novella perfectly pitched for upper primary/lower secondary students that chronicles the moment a shift occurs in the friendship between Amir, a Bosnian Muslim, and Dragan, a Serbian Christian, at the outbreak of the Balkans conflict. The writing is tight and rings with the truth of lived experience and, as in real life, there are no happy endings and things are not neatly resolved. Keen to seek out other books in this series (The Third Space series).

"Amir felt a cold chill. He real
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book as a Goodreads winner. This a good book for younger readers to help teach acceptance and cultural diversity.
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Amra Pajalic is an author and teacher. Her debut novel The Good Daughter (Text Publishing, 2009) won the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature's Civic Choice Award, and was a finalist in the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Award. Prior to publication it was shortlisted in the 2007 Victorian Premier's Awards for Best Unpublished Manuscript. She is also author of a novel for children ...more

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