Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman

Boy Overboard

by Morris Gleitzman

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
165772,171 (4.05)5



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 5 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 7 (next | show all)
This is a great book in which the characters develop significantly. A young Afghani child and his sister have dreams to move to Australia to pursue a life of football. They accomplish their dream but with great difficulty.
  samuegra2018 | Jun 17, 2013 |
This book is all right. This is a good intoduction to the world-wide issue of people smuggling for kids. A great book ( )
  SMG-HWood | Mar 7, 2011 |
Jamal, his younger sister Bibi, and his parents have to flee Afghanistan when their small home based school for boys and girls is discovered. Their home is blown up and all they have left is what they can carry and money made from selling their taxi. This is what they use to buy a way out of the country to a refugee camp in Australia. Available on tape
  cranbrook | May 24, 2009 |
Jamal and his sister Bibi love playing soccer. But there is a little problem - women aren't allowed to play soccer in Afghanistan. When they are forced to leave their country by the Taliban, they make their way to Australia. However, the journey isn't all smooth.
  jsresource | Sep 25, 2008 |
Jamal and his little sister Bibi live with their Mum and Dad in Afghanistan, where Jamal's Dad drives a taxi and his Mum runs an illegal school. Both children love playing soccer, but they live in a country where girls are forbidden to play soccer and the place where they play has many landmines nearby.
They dream of living in a place where the government allows them to play soccer and have a soccer team. Problems arise when officials discover that Jamal's mother is running a school and the family makes preparations to flee their home and country, and make their way to Australia.
They manage to find enough money to pay smugglers to bring them to Australia where they hope to begin a new, and freer life.
The events which happen in the book are based on the Tampa issue, telling the story from a refugees point of view. ( )
  Rhondda | Jul 2, 2008 |
Showing 1-5 of 7 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Jamal loves playing football, which isn't easy if 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 Afganistan. 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.… (more)

» see all 6 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 avail.
2 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (4.05)
1 1
2 1
3 5
3.5 2
4 15
4.5 2
5 12

Penguin Australia

An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 119,351,078 books! | Top bar: Always visible