Review: Boy 87 by Ele Fountain

Title: Boy 87

Author: Ele Fountain

Pages: 224 Pages

Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books

The Blurb

The story of a refugee: one child’s journey stands for the journeys of many and the hopes of even more

Shif is just an ordinary boy who likes chess, maths and racing his best friend home from school. But one day, soldiers with guns come to his door – and he knows that he is no longer safe.

Shif is forced to leave his mother and little sister, and embark on a dangerous journey; a journey through imprisonment and escape, new lands and strange voices, and a perilous crossing by land and sea. He will encounter cruelty and kindness; he will become separated from the people he loves.

Boy 87 is a gripping, uplifting tale of one boy’s struggle for survival; it echoes the story of young people all over the world today.


The Review

Boy 87 is another of the books that has been nominated for the Carnegie medal. This book packs an impressive punch. It is the story of a young boy called Shif and his tale of survival from a dictatorship. We travel with him through his travails and feel his pain and loss alongside of him. Equally we feel his hope.

I believe that Boy 87 should have been shortlisted for the Carnegie medal. It shows younger people the harsh realities of life and opens their eyes to a world that they may never have known.

Boy 87 by Ele Fountain is available now.

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