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Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera
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Sep 14, 2011

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Read in September, 2011

This is a serious subject and I understand why the author wants young people to understand it. She has taken a 15-year-old boy and put him in Guantanamo Bay by 'accident'. The entire book takes place from his point of view and, at times, this has the unintended effect of making the reader numb to the situation. I felt like she had a check list of issues (waterboarding, misunderstanding of the Islamic culture) that she felt the need to check off.
I think it is a strong book but might have been stronger if we could have seen it from both the inside and the outside, as his parents worked for his freedom.
I also had a bit of trouble with his fairly easy transition back to the real world. I can't imagine how a boy like that could return to his life and not face huge consequences.

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