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Fifteen-year-old Munna lives with his Ma and sisters in a small town in India. Determined to end his family's misfortunes, he is lured into a dream job in the Middle East, only to be sold. He must work at the Sheikh's camel farm in the desert and train young boys as jockeys in camel races. The boys, smuggled from poor countries, have lost their families and homes. Munna mu ...more
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Published September 1st 2017 by Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
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Kalmeida
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ghost Boys by Shenaaz Nanji is the story of a group of boys that through different circumstances end up in an Ousbah together. An Ousbah is a camel stable where camels and boys are trained to race. All of the boys ended up there against their will, or under false impressions. The main character is Munna, a fifteen year old boy that believes he is cursed and that he has cursed his entire family. After a series of devastating events at home, Munna leaves with the man he calls Uncle for what he bel ...more
Kristen
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Will you fight for freedom and return home? In Shenaaaz Nanji’s Ghostboys, this YA action adventure novel tells the story of Munna Patel and how he honored his family.

Munna Patel is an Indian teenage boy who lives in poverty with his family. His father had ran away and never returned again. After his sister Didi commits suicide, his family had no money to pay for the funeral or to give his sisters a honorable dowry to get married. It was up to Munna to look for work and bring money m
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Maria Zuppardi
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This diverse YA novel helps give you a sense of what goes on in reality. I mean, who knew that camel racing was a thing, let alone poaching young boys (and toddlers) to be jockeys? That's just mind-blowing in itself, but to learn about it in a novel is eye-opening. 

Manna never really had a father figure in his life, and to see him transform into a surrogate father and even older brother to the boys is a sweet touch (and animals, come to think of it). He was trying to give them a bett
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Cee
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Munna believes that he is cursed. Not only was he the fourth child but all of his older siblings are girls and in rural India, this is not a blessing. His father has run off and now his eldest sister has been refused as a bride and sent back, thus bringing shame and hardship to the family. Munna is determined to find a way to make enough money to provide a dowry for his sisters and embarks on a perilous journey under the wing of his Uncle.
This novel gives the reader a greater understanding
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Lois
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Shenaaz Nanji’s new YA novel, Ghost Boys, follows fifteen-year-old Munna from his hometown in India, to a Middle Eastern desert, where young boys are trained as camel jockeys for the wealthy Sheikh.

Munna’s father has left the family and Munna is desperate to provide his mother and sisters with a better life, so when the unsavoury Uncle Suraj promises him a job working at a Sheikh’s Palace, Munna is willing to leave his home and loved ones for an opportunity to prove himself and save his family.
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David Gunner
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ghost Boys by Shenaaz NanjiMunna
Patel has dreams just like any other teenage boy. He wants to be a cricket player when he grows up. However, in the aftermath of his father’s abandonment he has no choice but to take up the role of man of the house. When his ‘uncle’ shows up with a job offer at a Sheikh’s compound, he has no choice but to take it. He is sold to Sudan where he meets sweet Babur and the sultry Avra. After all, dreams will not provide the dowry for his sister’s marriage. Dream
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NicCole
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Without warning, life can take a devastating turn, which occurs based on your own actions or the actions of others. You’re then left to figure out what would be the best strategic move to either repair what has been damaged or continue pushing through in the hopes it will get better. In “Ghost Boys”, author Shenaaz Nanji encompasses his readers within the life of a young boy by the name of Munna Patel, who is the man of his family but deemed cursed. Everyone claims he’s been cursed from birth an ...more
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Shenaaz Nanji was born on the ancient island of Mombasa, one of the oldest settlements on the East African coast, and grew up amid a fusion of cultures: Bantu-Swahili, Arabic, colonial British, and East Indian. Every year she visited her grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins in Uganda until Idi Amin turned them into refugees. She moved to the United States and lived in upstate New York before m ...more
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