The writing is beautiful and the message of survival and bravery a universal one
Think of it as a powerful polemic, yes, but also think of it as a story of the redeeming power of friendship and the vital nature of storytelling
Outstanding . . . This is an important, heartbreaking book with frequent, unexpected humour, that everyone, whether teenager or adult, should read.
A contender for the children's book of the year... It is a heartrending tale about how our stories make us, and also an angry polemic, vividly convincing in is detailed description of what it means for your home to be a tent in the dust behind a guarded fence.
This is a tragic, beautifully crafted and wonderful book whose chirpy, stoic hero shames us all. I urge you to read it
A profoundly poignant novel
This is an extraordinarily powerful and beautifully written novel about child slavery. This is a gripping novel, and one which celebrates hope while taking us to the most painful places. Adults as well as older teenagers will find this an exceptional read.