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https://shclinc.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/boyoverboard.jpg?w=197Jamal loves playing football, which isn’t easy is your goalie only has one leg

and you keep having to dodge landmines to get your ball back.

Jamal’s stubborn little sister, Bibi, is even better at football than Jamal.

But girls playing football is against the law in Afghanistan.

When it is discovered that Jamal’s mother has been secretly running a school,

the family must leave their home immediately and begin a long and dangerous journey to Australia.

The children survive separation from their parents, hunger, and violent smugglers

only to find that Australia isn’t as welcoming as they had thought but, even though they face an uncertain future,

Jamal, Bibi and their parents know that as long as they are together, that is all that matters.

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Comments on: "Boy overboard – Morris Gleitzman" (82)

  1. Olivia said:

    i liked this book as my class read it in primary school and in year seven my class read it, it was thrilling, sad and enjoyable and i was carried away into afghanistan reading it and felt as if i was there at the time with the characters. I felt sad for the characters and sympathy towards them as they lived a life in poverty having to have a secret school when here in australia we have a school that we are free to come to and don’t have to use in secret. The ending is also sad as jamals boat makes it across the sea safely but his parents boat sinks and his parents are killed during the process which is so sad to here and has happened to refugees in real life situations.

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  2. kayla said:

    Boy overboard is one of the most exciting engaging books i’ve ever read. I 100% recommend this book. i’ve had so got enjoyment from reading this book over the summer reading this. In any spare time I had I would pick this book up. Boy overboard left me with this cliff hanger that made me just want to keep reading and if you want to find what it is you have to read the best book Boy overboard.

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  3. Boy overboard is an awesome book! The amazing thing is that it is based in true events that have happened and are happening in Afghanistan and Australia right now. I loved this book heaps. My favourite character is Bibi because she is really out there and confident and doesn’t care about what people think of her. She wants to let everyone know that she doesn’t agree with the Taliban law and want freedom. Boy overboard is a longer (and much, much better) version of Boy overboard the play. If you want to read one of these type books about Refugees, wars or history i think you should read Boy overboard. I also recommend that you read girl underground which is kind of the same type of thing. Also you should DEFIANTLY read Once, Then and Now if you want to read those type books!!!!! I rate Boy Overboard a 9/10 and i recommend this for people 10 and over!! if you haven’t read this or have only read the Boy overboard the play you should defiantly read BOY OVERBOARD!!!!! 🙂 happy reading !! 😉

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  4. I think boy over board is a great book because it is very meaningful and touching. It completely changed my opinion on refugees, It tells you about their story and the tough troubles they went through. I recommend it to anyone that doesn’t think refugees are welcome here and anyone that wants to read a very touching book.

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  5. Boy overboard is an amazing book. It is about an afghan family living in a war zone. The main character Jamal is a huge fan of soccer. He also has a little sister named Bibi who he is very protective over. She is also a huge fan of soccer too, but the government has made it illegal especially for girls who want to play. Their mum runs an illegal school and their dad is a taxi driver. One day they find out they are moving to Australia, to flee from their country. This is a story with many descriptive elements to it and really give you the perspective of someone going through a similar situation. I would recommend this story to anyone who loves a story that gives you a different perspective in life and one that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Overall I would give this story a 9.5/10

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  6. Isobel said:

    This book is a story of an afghanistan family who are sick and tired of the tough rules in their country. They begin a long and dangerous journey to Australia to seek refuge. When they get there, they begin to wonder if their tough efforts were even worth it. I would rate this book a 8/10. For some people, this is a true story. There is a much deeper meaning behind this book. I definitely recommend reading it!

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  7. Boy overboard is an adventurous story full of hope and determination. It tells the tale of a young refugee; Jamal, with one huge dream to one day, play soccer for Australia. Although it isn’t all fun and games for the young boy, he must first take the treacherous trip to find his family. I wasn’t a huge fan of this book but I definitely didn’t hate it because it had a great story and beautiful message. I didn’t enjoy the ending and believe it’s a letdown compared to the rest of the book. I would recommend this book to all for a beautiful, sad story.

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  8. when I first read this book for school I found it a bit unusual how it was all written as scenes, but as each page turned it became more and more interesting. The story about these young kids trying to make there dreams become a reality and believing anything is possible. I loved this book and i rate it a 8/10 !!

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  9. kaitlyn said:

    this book is such a great book, it’s sad that kids these days in other less fortunate countries have to go through these things. it was amazing how Jamal kept so positive and protected Bibi throughout the whole entire book, thats what made it so good.

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  10. This book is so sad and scary at the same time. I would defiantly recommend it to ages 14 and younger. It is a must read and an eye opener to a life beyond Geelong.

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  11. Hannah said:

    this is a great book! its like a true story.
    the to main characters are jamal and bibi 🙂 and they love soccer so much! they want to make a team for afghanistan. but the government made illegal for girls to play sports and even be able to talk or be seen in public without someone walking with them.. there dad Muhammad drives a taxi and there mum has a school for girls which is not allowed because girls are not allowed to be educated! Muhummed decides that they need to leave Afghanistan because it the best for the family. So they had to try to move to australia. you have to read this book to get a good understanding. but the start seems boring but then rest turns great:) the end is sad but you will just love it.

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  12. Alexandra said:

    I loved this book ‘Boy Overboard’. It was extremely sad and it is a real eye opener toward people who not only have been through a similar situation but people who are going through this. Jamal shows that he is a determined, brave and a courageous boy as he took care of his younger sister Bibi when they were separated from their parents while being smuggled to Australia, this was really sad but Bibi and Jamal stayed positive and were able to carry on. I would recommend this book to someone 10+ and give it a 9/10

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  13. Saskia said:

    It is important to look at topics such as this and I think that it is wonderful to do it in the form of a play as it engages people very well and is effective. It is an enjoyable play, and despite it being relatively confronting, it is also very touching and it is good to have our emotions confronted and to be challenged.

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  14. brianna said:

    this book is way better than the play

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  15. Ainsley L said:

    Boy overboard is a great book! I love the characters is this breathtaking book about 2 kids traveling all the way from Afghanistan to Australia. it is a heart warming book for a lot of ages. Over all great book!!

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  16. Georgia said:

    I loved this book s much! IT really highlighted how brave these kids were to be living in a country that they lived in. It really showed what is like to be a refugee and how they actually get to places like Australia. I really thought this was a moving story and I liked how it was a play script because you got to read it like a play. I think this book is definitely one to read and I think I would certainly go see the play if it came out in Australia!

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  17. Marcie said:

    This book holds a very special place in my heart. I love that Yusuf never gives up the fact that he can’t really play soccer but he manages to! I love the sassiness that Bibi displays throughout this book! I am glad that Bibi finds Rashida because it is like a grown up version of Bibi! I was crushed when Bibi and Jamal were separated from Mohammed and Fatima! All for a ball, but the ball became very significant to the storyline in the end!

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  18. Boy overboard was an amazing book about the adventures of a brother and sister Jamal and Bibi who dream of sailing to Australia to compete in the soccer world cup and bringing their family to Glory. In a stressful situation trying to leave the country they accidentally split up from their parents getting on a different boat and floating out into the ocean. Meeting a friend who saves their lives by selling her dads watch in order for them to continue on this journey. They are almost there. But of course immigration here is illegal.. and their hope is taken from them when they are caught and taken to a detention centre on a nearby island.

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  19. Boy Overboard is an amazing story that will leave you wanting more. It is about a young boy Jamal who lives in Afghanistan, he has a little sister named Bibi and is very protective of her. Jamal is very passionate about soccer! He loves it and wants to play professionally, he taught Bibi how to play in her bedroom and now she wants to go professional too! They love playing soccer but the Government has made it illegal, especially for girls. Their Mum runs an illegal school and their dad drives a taxi, but their whole world turns upside down when they find out they are moving to Australia. Jamal tries to solve all of his parent’s problems for them, but he doesn’t realise that he is too young and always gets the completely wrong idea. This is a great book and I loved it, at first I thought it was quite boring, but then I kept reading and I couldn’t stop! I recommend this book to anybody who loves a good read. I rate this a 8/10!

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  20. Stephanie said:

    Boy Overboard is an amazing read. It is in incredible to see the difference in our lives, compared to Jamal’s. Jamal and Bibby are to kids who love soccer, but are not supposed to play outside, because their government made it illegal! They have extremely hard life. Jamal and Bibby must leave their home and go on a boat to Australia, because their mother has been running an illegal school! But Jamal and Bibby get separated from their parent when going on to the boat, and have to make the tough journey on the own. What follows is a terrifying journey, and how they learn how important friendship really is. I give it a 10/10

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  21. Boy overboard was a book that I read in my primary school years. It was a book that stuck with me all the way until now. Jamal the main character loves soccer and wants to play professionally one day. His sister Bibi who doesn’t accept the law of girls not being able to do the same things as boys. The main idea of the story is the ups and downs of Jamal and his family trying to get to Australia. I recommend the most for anyone over the age of 11-12. It’s honestly a gripping and a truthful take on a story that still happens to this day and still effects us.

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  22. Boy overboard is an adventurous story full of hope and determination about a young refugee; Jamal, with one huge dream to one day play soccer for Australia. Although it isn’t all fun and games for the young boy, he must first take the treacherous trip to find his family. I wasn’t a huge fan about this book but I definitely didn’t hate it because it had a great story and beautiful message. My favourite character is Bibi, Jamal’s younger sister because she is so positive and determined, despite losing everything that matters to her. Luckily, I haven’t had any experiences like Jamal and Bibi, but I have read many stories about refugees and know what they go through even though I may not know their feelings. I really don’t like the ending of the book and think it’s a let down compared to the rest of the book. I would definitely change the ending to something more happy and exciting to what it is now. I would recommend this book to people wanting to discover more about refugees or just to read a beautiful sad story, ages 12+

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  23. jhgkiuyriuy said:

    loveed it

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  24. I love this book but it is very sad at the end though!
    I would defiantly read it again because it has a great message and the information about Afghanistan is great. It lets you know all the law and details of their life. My favourite character would definitely be Bibi because she is such a funny, confident kid.

    This is a great book and I loved it, at first I thought it was quite weird, but then I kept reading and I couldn’t stop!

    I would recommend this book to any one who wants a good realistic story and wants to learn about the life in other strict countries.

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  25. Chiara said:

    I loved the book Boy overboard.
    It was about two sibling Jamal and Bibi and there amazing journey to australia. I loved Bibi because she was so cute and showed lots of courage and so did Jamal. Jamal really showed love for his little sister. Whoever is looking for a great book to read I would recommened boy overboard you would really love it. You don’t have to be the strongest reader to love it.
    Overall it was great I rate it 9/10!

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  26. gmorison13 said:

    Boy overboard was a great book. It is about a brother and sister (Jamal and Bibi) who dream of bringing Australia to glory in the soccer world cup. They must first survive their amazing journey there with there new found friends. I liked this book because it explores what life would have been like to be a young child during the Taliban in Afghanistan. I love the character Bibi because she always stands up for what she believes in. By reading this book and analysing it in year I was able to have a much greater understanding and I really recommend the read!

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  27. Claudette said:

    I have read this book so many times on various occasions during my school years and I still remember it in detail..Its a really great read and a lot of life lessons can be learnt from it. It is all based on the escape of a family, and the struggles of life in Afghanistan against the Government. I would recommend it to anyone over 13-14 years old and I rate it a 7/10. 🙂

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  28. I really enjoyed reading ‘Boy Overboard’. At first I didn’t like the book that much but as I kept reading and I couldn’t put the book down. I admired the courage that Jamal and Bibi showed throughout the novel. My favourite character is Bibi because of the way she stood up for herself in the story and she was funny and confident. I would rate this book a 9/10 because there were lots of adversities that they had to go through during the novel. I would recommend this book to children over the age of 12 because there are some things that they may not understand in the book. Overall I thought it was a really good book.

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  29. Georgie said:

    This is an amazing book. I learnt that in ahganastan there is a really strict government. I learnt that the government will kill anyone who breaks the law. The book is about Jamel who wants his family to be safe since his mum and dad are on the run. He wants to be a soccer star and prove to the government that girls can play soccer. 9/10!!

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  30. I loved ‘Boy Overboard’ because there were so many problems that occurred in the book. I loved how most of that things in the book were true. I loved how it gave you an idea of what they lived like and what some boat people are put through. My favourite character is Bibi because she is such a courageous person and always is exploring things. I would without a doubt recommend this book to anyone over 11. I rate this book 11/10

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  31. Boy Overboard This book follows the journey of a family trying to escape Afghanistan by boat. The two children , Jamal and his sister Bibi, are separated from their parents when trying to board the boat to come to Australia and follows all the problems they faced along the way to get to Christmas Island. I really enjoyed reading this book and learning about the struggles refugees faced in their efforts to find a better life. My favourite character in the book was Jamal because he never gave up and would do anything to protect his little sister. I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 10 and would rate it 8/10.

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  32. Boy overborad was a very interseting and new type of style of book. The virsion I read was one layed out in a play scripture form. The story line was a very deatiled journey of a boy and his family becoming a refugee from Afganistan to Australia, making me think what a lucky country I have to live in. This book makes you think of how blessed you are to live in Australia were we are a democracy country and we pride ourselves on that. This book was a nice read and I would give it a 6 out of 10.

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  33. Kaylah said:

    Boy Overboard is a really good book. I found the book to be interesting and sad. It makes me realise how lucky I am to have education, a home to live in and food and water. My favourite character of the book would definitely have to be Jamal. He is always caring for his family and thinking positively about the future ahead of him. I would recommend this book to all ages. This book is just an all round great book and once you read I bet you will be thinking that to!

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  34. SAMMMM said:

    Boy Overboard was a really good book. I read it at my old school and it was really interesting. It makes me realise how fortunate I am to live in such a good country and to have such a friendly and caring family. I enjoyed this book a lot and recommend it to lots of people. I rate this book a 8/10.

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  35. Summer said:

    I love Boy Overboard because it will leave you always wanting to read the next chapter. I love how there is a play of the book which we have just finished reading it in English. My favourite character would diffidently by Bibi because she was such a funny, confident kid. She would always want to think of the good things in bad situations. She would never want someone to say that something was bad or things were looking hopeless. My favourite part would be when they finally got to an island and they thought they were on Australia and they were planning all the things they would do and they were thinking about everything that Australia has to offer and why Australia is the best country. The book is just an all round great book. I loved it

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  36. Gemma Morison said:

    Boy Overboard is a breath taking story that will leave you wanting more. It is about a young boy Jamal who lives in Afghanistan; he has a little sister named Bibi and is very protective of her. Jamal is a soccer fanatic! He loves it and wants to play professionally, he taught Bibi how to play in her bedroom and now she wants to go professional too! They love playing soccer but the Government has made it illegal, especially for girls. Their Mum runs and illegal school and their dad drives a taxi, but their whole world turns upside down when they find out they are moving to Australia. Jamal tries to solve all of his parent’s problems for them, but he doesn’t realise that he is too young and always gets the completely wrong idea. This is a great book and I loved it, at first I thought it was quite weird, but then I kept reading and I couldn’t stop! I recommend this book to anybody who loves a good read and is really looking on an insight to the real world!

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  37. I think boy over board is a great book because it is very meaningful and touching. It completely changed my opinion on refugees, It tells you about their story and the tough troubles they went through. I recommend it to anyone that doesn’t think refugees are welcome here and anyone that wants to read a very touching book.

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  38. Cassie said:

    I liked boy overboard. I read it lst year at school. Favourite character is Bibi. I thinks she is really confident and she doesn’t care what other people think of her. This book was really exciting! It never got me bored! It was really interesting and sad to know whats happening in other countries. I definitely recommend this book to anyone over 10! 9/10 from me!

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  39. Mollie said:

    Boy overboard is a really good book. To be honest I really didn’t think that I would like this book but as it turned out, I really enjoyed it. I don’t read a lot of books like boy overboard so it was a bit of a change. I thought the way the book was written was fantastic because you don’t often see the refugees side of the story, only the governments. My favourite part of the book was when Bibi stood on the landmine. It was probably the most thrilling, exciting and overwhelming part of the story to me. It showed how dangerous life is over in Afghanistan and how different it is to over in Australia and other safe countries. My favourite character is Bibi because I feel that she has the right to play football, just because she’s a girl doesn’t make her any different and she doesn’t care what people think of her. My least favourite part of the book was when the people smugglers got on the boat and were taking all of the girls/women. It made me really sad to think that this is happening to people today my age in another part of the world. This book really made an impact on my life. I recommend that everyone reads this book as it is still happening today in this world. I rate it a 10/10.

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  40. Nikita said:

    I really enjoy reading Boy Overboard! My favourite characters was Bibi, i enjoyed reading about this character because she had so much confident, towards everything she did and she had no fear. This book helps show you, how you need to push forwards, when hard decisions and situations come your way. This book inspired me to try and keep my family together, because when things start to fall apart, it’s tough to get them back together! I loved this book, and would recommend it to anyone, any age!

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  41. Gabby said:

    I loved this book because it has a lot of motivating keep going messages.
    My favourite character was Bibi because she was so confident in everything she did, she was defiantly confident and that is how I relate to her. This book is great to know about what is happening with the Taliban and how to understand what is happening in other countries. I would defiantly recommend this book to others it is great and I’m happy we read it last year in English because I found out what is actually the situation at the moment. It also shows what it would be like to live with the rules of the Taliban. Unpleasent, wanting to flee and making you sad.
    I would recommend this to teenagers like us who need to know what is happening and you need to be able to understand it.

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  42. I really enjoyed this book. I think it was one of the saddest books I’ve ever read. My favourite character was Bibi. She is independent and isn’t affrid of anything. She continuously sticks up for her brother and what she believes is right. The best part for me was when Rashida hands her watch to the sailor and says its for four. She is really kind and generous to her new friends that she mets of the boat. I liked this book because it have a lot to d when struggles and difficulties that can be overcome. I would rate this book a 8 and a half out of ten and recommend it to anyone that likes drama and a little bit of violence. I think it would be 12+. 🙂

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  43. Charlotte said:

    I really loved this book, although it became very sad and depressing. As soon as I began reading this, I knew it was for me. I it just so thrilling not knowing what is going to happen. I think the reason why I really liked it was because it is about a typical Afghanistan family, who face the everyday struggle of staying alive, something we here, in Australia, take for granted. It shows that determination and self belief can get you anywhere. I think 11+ age group, because there are some graphical and violent scenes. Overall I really enjoyed this book and would rate it 8/10 🙂

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  44. I surprisingly loved this book. As soon as I started reading it I loved it. It wasn’t like most books I read, but it was certainly a good one. The book showed a completely different side of what we se and it gave it from their point of view. My favourite part of the book was when he escaped and got a job. I liked this because it showed that we didn’t want to ruin our country, he didn’t want to hurt us, he just wanted to begin a new fresh life. I don’t have a favourite character I just like all of the characters for different reasons. I can’t relate to any characters in this story because I’m not a refuge, and have never been in a situation like this before. I can’t even begin to imagine how they feel. My least favourite part of the book was when his friend ( forgotten his name) kept talking about his leg being blown off. For some reason every time he mentioned this, it just made me sad. I just couldn’t get my head around they way their lifestyle was so different to ours. If I could change something in this book, I would defiantly change the fact that Jamal’s friend gets his leg blown off, even though it didn’t actually happen i the story it was a previous event. I would recommend this book to others, but not below the year level of 7 because it does have some graphic’s in it.

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  45. Claudette Theodore said:

    Boy Overboard is a thrilling story of a boy Jamal who lives in Afghanistan. He has a passion for soccer and wishes to play professionally, as does his younger sister Bibi. His mother teaches illegally and his dad drives a Taxi. The family disagree with the taliban, (the parents are caught for illegally working) and face the challenge of having to move to Australia, hopefully to start a new life of freedom and happiness. This novel holds a lot of meaning and understanding, and shows what people went through in Afghanistan and the rules of the Taliban. I reccomend this book to people above the age of 13 and I rate it a 9/10. 🙂

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  46. I loved this book because it has a lot of messages behind it, and it is just a good book in general.
    My favourite character was Jamal because I think he handled everything well and he was nice to his sister.
    I really don’t like the Taliban judging from what the book has explained about them.
    I would recommend this book to others because it is a very meaningful book and it shows another point of view for once.
    It shows what it would be like to live with the rules of the Taliban.
    I would recommend it to ages 12+ because if they were a little younger they might not understand parts of the book.

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  47. i think that the book is great. I think that they are a very strong family.

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  48. Tahlia said:

    I read this book for English and it was pretty good. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Bibi was my favourite character because she is sooooooo feisty, brave and a little bit stubborn! 🙂 Definitely a great book if you want to know about what happens to refugees. I would recommend it for 10yo and over, I’m going to rate it 8/10!

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  49. I think boy overboard was an absolutely thrilling and exciting book to read. What this book is really about is the life of refugees. After reading this book i truly understood what it would be like to refugees. Jamal is one of my favourite characters as he shows true bravery and he takes full responsibility when his parent’s got separated from them. I really like how Jamal and Bibby have dreams to be big international soccer players and how Bibby’s always breaking the rules. When Jamal and Bibby are on a boat on their way to Australia they meet a girl called Rashida and i like how she’s different and doesn’t care what anybody thinks about her. I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes adventures. I think Morris Gleitzman has explained a life of a refugee extremely well and is an excellent writer. I would rate this book 10/10!

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  50. Megan L said:

    The play ‘Boy Overboard’, is based on the novel by Morris Gleitzman. This book is set in Afghanistan where people every day are living under the rule of the Taliban. If you are one that loves reading about difficulties and fears then this book is the one start reading its a great book. I recommend it for children 10+ enjoy

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  51. Karla said:

    I liked this book because it shows a typical family living in Afghanistan that is faced with daily challenges and then a big challenge of moving to Australia as Asylum Seekers hoping for a better safer life with freedom and justice. My favourite part of this book is seeing the passion that Jamal and his friends have for soccer and hope that one day they will be for their national team ‘Afghanistan’. My least favourite part is when they get separated from their parents onto a different boat. I think I can relate to Rashida because she just wants to be different and doesn’t care what people think of her. I recommend this book to ages 12 and up because younger people might not understand it.

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  52. isobel said:

    I found this book very sad and like a true story. It shows that when someone has a determination to do something they can do it and if you feel somethings not right don’t follow the rules go out and do what you believe in and believe in yourself. I found this book very revealing of what happened in Afghanistan. How Bibi and Jamal believe in themselves and never give up. I rate this book a 4/5 because I liked it but it didn’t make me never stop reading the book which is a sign for me that it wasn’t my favourite. I am not really sure what people to recommend it to but i think most people should read it.

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  53. Siobhan said:

    I read this book in English and really enjoyed it. I thought that it had a sad ending but at the same time i really want there to be a following on book to see what happens to everyone. I thought that Bibi was a girl that took risks in her life. I think that Jamal was a very good brother to have during a hard time for Bibi. I recommend this book 11 and above, because if you were any younger then you may not understand some parts. Have fun reading:)

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  54. Alana said:

    Boy overboard is an awesome book! The amazing thing is that it is based in true events that have happened and are happening in Afghanistan and Australia right now. I loved this book heaps. My favourite character is Bibi because she is really out there and confident and doesn’t care about what people think of her. She wants to let everyone know that she doesn’t agree with the Taliban law and want freedom. Boy overboard is a longer (and much, much better) version of Boy overboard the play. If you want to read one of these type books about Refugees, wars or history i think you should read Boy overboard. I also recommend that you read girl underground which is kind of the same type of thing. Also you should DEFIANTLY read Once, Then and Now if you want to read those type books!!!!! I rate Boy Overboard a 9/10 and i recommend this for people 10 and over!! if you haven’t read this or have only read the Boy overboard the play you should defiantly read BOY OVERBOARD!!!!! 🙂 happy reading !! 😉

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  55. I have just finished reading Boy Overboard and I think it’s an amazing book! Each page is thrilling and full of adventure, it’s impossible to put down!

    If you read this book, (which I recommend you do) you will have a better understanding of what it’s like for people who live in places like Afghanistan, who are in war and have strict laws. I think it’s important that we know about what happens around the world so we can really appreciate how lucky we are here in Australia. Reading this book I have more empathy towards people escaping war in the own county and coming to Australia.

    This book reminds me of Once and Then also written by Morris Gleitzman. The way the main characters act are very smilier. My favourite character in this book is Jamal. He is brave and creative in difficult situations. He has a great imagination and he has a great talent for soccer. It’s great how Jamal never gives up and always cares for his younger sister Bibi.

    Boy Overboard is a great book and I highly recommend that you read it. I give Boy Overboard 9/10 and recommend this book for ages 8-9 and up.

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  56. I think it is a moving book.
    It really gives you an idea about what life in Afghanistan must be like. my favourite character is Rashida because she is soooo generous to Jamal and Bibi when they are on the boat to Australia. I am not sure if they ever get there but i’m soooo excited about reading the next book girl underground. i feel sorry for Omar in the story because he does not have any parents and feels he has to lie to Jamal and Bibi. Andrew at Christmas island is really nice to them. one of my favourite parts is when they are on the run from the police at the begining. not because its happy but because it thilling and exciting. I loved this book………….. I would rate it 3 smilies out of 3
    🙂 🙂 🙂

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  57. This book is such a touching story and every chapter leaves you hungry for more.
    This story really makes you sit up and appreciate life, I am so grateful to have my family and to live in such a lovely place as australia. This book is about passion for what you love and to follow your dreams no matter how hopeless they might seem. I actually thought the whole book would be about soccer full stop, but it really does have such a touching story line. Jamal, his sister Bibi and their parents are on a mission to get to Auatralia but along the way they realise all they need is each other.
    My favourite character would have to be Bibi as she is so determined to follow her dreams no matter whether her government allows her or not.
    I must warn you though, the first two pages are SOOO off putting, but as soon as you get past them it is the best book ever. i would rate it 9 out of 10 !!! 🙂

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  58. i absolutely loved boy overboard. it was breathtaking and realistic story. my favourite part was when the dad saved the mother from getting killed and Jamal and Bibi was there watching there father saved her.

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  59. This book contains a true stories with strong, sad, emotions. I don’t get it how can they not let girls play soccer or have them to were those veils that are incredibly ugly and heavy. Afghanistan is not a place for any human being especially women. I would rate this book 9 out of 10 and recommend it for kids above the age of grade 5.

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  60. I had to read this book as an assignment in primary school but ended LOVING it! It’s easier writing a report on a book you love.

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  61. I really enjoyed this amazing moving novel. Jamal is a brother that really cares for his family and soccer future. Bibi’s a tough girl that wont take no for an answer and is definitely my favourite character. This is a book that you will never forget, a novel so touching it would make you cry. Reading this book made me think about my family and made me realise how lucky i am to live in Australia. I am sooooo lucky that the Taliban run their rules here in Australia. I feel really sorry for girls in Afghanistan because they really don’t have a life if they can’t talk to people, play sport and have to wear veils everywhere they go. I love it here in Australia and i always will. This book is really adventurist and heart warming while Bibi and Jamal have to face land mines, pirates and the Taliban rules. I love this book and I hope you do too.

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  62. i would rate this book 9 out of 10 i would recommend this book for anyone over 10.This book is a great book about a father called Mohammed, a mother called Fatima, a daughter called Bibi and a son called Jamal. In this book this family goes on a tiring, dangerous and hard adventure. Jamal loves soccer and his life long dream is to make a team for Afghanistan and to win the world cup. When Mohammed and Fatima get caught by the government they are forced to leave the country and travel to Australia. I love this book because it is very inspiring because Jamal and Bibi are just two kids but they plan to change the world and they never back down. This book helps you to understand about how the people in Afghanistan lives and how the Governement and the Taliban rule.

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  63. i love this book i read this book when i was in gr 5. it was so good and interesting. my favourite character bibi because she so funny i would rate this book 9 out of 10 i would recommend this book for anyone over 10.

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  64. This book is a great book about a father called Mohammed, a mother called Fatima, a daughter called Bibi and a son called Jamal. In this book this family goes on a tiring, dangerous and hard adventure. Jamal loves soccer and his life long dream is to make a team for Afghanistan and to win the world cup. When Mohammed and Fatima get caught by the government they are forced to leave the country and travel to Australia. I love this book because it is very inspiring because Jamal and Bibi are just two kids but they plan to change the world and they never back down. This book helps you to understand about how the people in Afghanistan lives and how the Governement and the Taliban rule. This book is really easy to read and i recommened that everyone from year 7 to year 11 reads this book.

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  65. This book is just amazing and inspiring. I love this book and I absolutely adore it! I’m so glad that we’r reading it for english, it really helped me understand more about the Taliban and Afghanistan. Some bits of the book was funny and other were sad but it made me keep wanting to read more and more. I recommend this to anyone since it is that good. Its really easy to read and understand, and it keeps you in company when you are bored!

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  66. I really like this book and I belive it teaches you a lot about the Taliban and life and culture in Afghanistan.
    Jamal really wants to play soccer but because of the laws he is not alllowed to but that is his dream
    Reccomendation 5/5

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  67. I am reading this book for English and just loving it,
    i’m glad were reading it, because it helps us understand how they live and what kind of pressure they get put under.
    I recommend people who haven’t yet read this book should do it right away, i don’t think anybody should miss out on this book it is wonderful to read and i really enjoy it.

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  68. I remember reading this book when I was younger and I thought it was a really good book. I love the relationships everyone seems to have with each other and it shows how you should never give up if all seems hopeless. Bibi and Jamal are very courageous and go through things that I’m sure not many children have been through. They strive for a dream and for peace and thats what this book stands for. It really gave me hope 🙂

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  69. In primary school our whole class read it.
    I felt it was very entertaining. And interesting how they have to live. I also felt a bit sorry for Jamal at the end. It’s been awhile since I have read it, still i can still remember it because it was very sad. I would rate it 4/5.
    Ages 10+

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  70. I love this book because of the relationships between the charecters and the power to never give up when things seem hopeless. Bibi and Jamal could even go through so much as young kids but still come out with the determination to make things better, that kind of persistence and Resilience is inspiring. Sometimes our dreams can fuel us to do great things and give us hope when we need it most and i think that is what this book it trying to represent.

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  71. Jamal and Bibi are Afghani children wishing to travel over to asutralia to get away from the afghani war with all the rules and regulations. Jamal, Bibi, Mohammed and Fatima all get on a boat to travel to australia as the government has discovered the secret grils school that fatima and mohammed have been running so they are running away from afghanistan. Jamal and Bibi both have a love of soccer and wish to start an afghani soccer team to prove to all afghani people that dreams do come true but to fulfill this dream they have to go on a long path to succed.

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  72. boy overboard is a book about a boy who is passionate aboute soccer along with his younger sister who also has a great passion for soccer. they have very loving parents who support them as much as they can. but the problem is that they live in Afghanistan and his mother is running an illegal school inside their house until someone gives them away. this is a tale of a families fight for survival against all odds.the family faces an over crowded refugee camp and a terrifying journey by sea to what they hope will be a safe and secure future in Australia. will they make it???

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  73. Boy overboard was a great book. It is about a brother and sister (Jamal and Bibi) who dream of bringing Australia to glory in the soccer world cup. They must first survive their amazing journey there with there new found friends. I liked this book because it explores what life would have been like to be a young child during the Taliban in Afghanistan. I love the character Bibi because she always stands up for what she believes in.I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 10 and I give it a 9 1/2 out of 10

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  74. I love this book it is very sad at the end though!
    I would definatally read it again because it has a great message and the information about afghanastan is great it lets you know all the law and details of there life
    I would recodmend ages 10-adult
    This book is quite confronting so probable not for young ages

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  75. this is a great book! its like a true story.
    the to main characters are jamal and bibi 🙂 and theyt loove soccer! they want to make a team for afangistan. but the government made it ilegal , mostly for girls. there dad muhummad drives a taxi and there mum has a school for girls which is not alowed! muhummed decides that they need to leave afganistan because itr the best for the family. so they had to try to move to australia. you have to read this book to get a good understanding. but the start seems boring but then rest turns great:) the end is sad but you will just love it.

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  76. really good book.
    but i cant belive bibby!
    gee she is brave and has real guts !

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  77. Iread this book a while ago in primary school and thought it was wonderful. I especially liked it because of jamals love for soccer

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  78. This book is great but in some part it is a bit hard to understand none the less it was a good book to read. I would probably recommend it for people over the age of 11. It involves 2 children and there journey to a better place with there family.

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  79. i dont like this book because we read it heaps at school to cause i went to annies primary school lol. I think that anyone can read this book

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  80. didnt really enjoy this book as i have had to read it 3 times for school and am quite sick of it. but for the first time you read this you will discover the fight in both of the kids and their love for soccer. the end is quite sad but during the book you will learn all about the hardships of refugees and the people around them.

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  81. Boy Overboard is a breath taking story that will leave you wanting more. It is about a young boy Jamal who lives in Afghanistan; he has a little sister named Bibi and is very protective of her. Jamal is a soccer fanatic! He loves it and wants to play professionally, he taught Bibi how to play in her bedroom and now she wants to go professional too! They love playing soccer but the Government has made it illegal, especially for girls. Their Mum runs and illegal school and their dad drives a taxi, but their whole world turns upside down when they find out they are moving to Australia. Jamal tries to solve all of his parent’s problems for them, but he doesn’t realise that he is too young and always gets the completely wrong idea. This is a great book and I loved it, at first I thought it was quite…strange, but then I kept reading and I couldn’t stop! I recommend this book to anybody who loves a good read.

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  82. great book i loved it though it was sad when they have to separt away from their homeland

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