A Strange Land
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A Strange Land by Alan GibbonsBUY THIS BOOK
Poignant and powerful narrative about intolerance, racism and standing up to bullies.
The Blokes rule Jack’s school. They’re bullies, racists and meaner than anyone around. And they’ve targeted Jack’s new friend Hassan as their latest victim. Hassan has escaped war in his homeland only to be faced with the wrath of the Blokes. Can Jack stand up for his friend or will he break under pressure?
Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+
The Love Reading 4 Kids Comments
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 Alan Gibbons tackles bullying and racism head on in this gripping short novel, and shows how closely linked they are. Like everyone in his school, Jack is intimidated by The Blokes, a gang of half a dozen kids who pull the strings, make the rules. They’re openly racist but no-one seems able to stand up to them. Jack will do what they say, even when it means hurting his new friend Hassan, because The Blokes have got something on him, something to use as blackmail. But you can only scare someone who is ready to be scared, and The Blokes will never get through to Hassan. It’s a powerful story, well told, and one that ends on a genuine note of hope. ~ Andrea Reece