Asia-Pacific & Intercultural Understanding – Secondary

  Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera

In the tradition of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, this is the story of one boy′s experience of the war against terror – behind the barbed wire A place where systematic humiliation, torture and brutality are part of the daily routine. A prison he is powerless to escape. A living hell called Guantanamo Bay. ISBN: 9780732293093 RRP $16.99 Teachers’ Notes Available


  The Glass Collector by Anna Perera

In Cairo, fifteen-year-old Aaron makes a living out of gathering garbage – as a member of the despised Zabbaleen, this is his fate. But Aaron has dreams. Every day he dreams of Rachel, who looks after the ponies who pull the carts piled high with garbage to and from the slum they call home. He dreams that they will make a life together, far from the smells, cruelty and squalor of their daily existence. ISBN: 9780732291532 RRP $16.99


Marrying Ameera by Rosanne Hawke

Seventeen-year-old Ameera has just finished school and her friendship with Tariq, her best friend’s older brother, is growing. But when her father hears of it he sends Ameera to stay with his family in Kashmir and attend her cousin Jamila’s wedding. Only when she gets there does she discover the devastating truth – the intended marriage is not Jamila’s but her own!Will Ameera be trapped forever, or can she find strength beyond her years to escape from Pakistan and win back her freedom? ISBN: 9780732291440 RRP $16.99


Boys without Names by Kashmira Sheth

Trapped.For eleven-year-old Gopal and his family, life in their rural Indian village is over: We stay, we starve, his baba has warned. They flee to the big city of Mumbai in hopes of finding work and a brighter future. Gopal is eager to help support his struggling family, so when a stranger approaches him with the promise of a factory job, he jumps at the offer

“Boys Without Names is not a heartbreaking story, even if there are moments that break the heart. Instead, it is a story about growing up, about learning and relearning the meaning of family. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year.”

— Jacqueline Woodson, author of the Newbery Honor book After Tupac and D Foster

ISBN: 9780061857621 RRP $14.99

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