Title: Guantanamo Boy
Author: Anna Perera
Rating: 3 out of 5
Khalid, a 15-year-old Muslim boy from Rochdale, is abducted from Pakistan while on holiday with his family. He is taken to Guantanamo Bay and held without charge. An innocent denied his freedom at a time when Western boys are finding theirs, Khalid tries and fails to understand what's happening to him and cannot fail to be a changed young man.
This book was hard to read. It is the story of 15 year-old Khalid who is abducted while visiting his family in Pakistan. The hardest part of this book is that the suffering he goes through is felt by prisoners of Guantanamo Bay and other POW camps daily. The evidence they say they have against him is not enough to keep him in prison but he is held there anyways. This novel is an emotional one. I enjoyed reading it for the history of it and the insight.
Khalid was frustrating at times, however as the book progressed he matured and I started to feel like I could enjoy the book. It was a little hard to get into at first. I was interested in the topic of Guantanamo Bay because I have watched documentaries on it but I have never read a book about it or a story that uses it. It was unique and sad. I look forward to reading more books by Perera. She is a powerful writer.