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- Post a picture of the front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.
- Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence.
- Write three words to describe the book.
- Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.
Boy 87 by Ele Fountain, published by Pushkin (I can’t find the cover artist, sorry!)
I’m squeezing this in as MG although really it’s top end of MG, moving into teen. But I loved this so much when it was released and having reviewed Ele’s newest book Lost yesterday, this seemed a good time to give this book a shout too.
Especially since I was sure I’d reviewed it but don’t seem to have done.
And especially as we have seen a fair few books since which deal with similar topics gain huge popularity, while this (which is at least as good if not better than many) remains relatively unknown.
It tells the story of Shif as he flees his home and faces danger, cruelty, loss and hardship as he attempts to make his way to (relative) safety.
It’s an absolutely heart-breaking book that makes the plight of refugees all too real and helps them become more than news stories and numbers.
My favourite sentence from page 11:
“It’s my most precious possession.”
This book in three words:
Desperation. Survival. Reality.