This term, our class novel is ‘Boy Overboard’ by Morris Gleitzman.
A story of adventure, ball control and hope.
Jamal and Bibi have a dream. To lead Australia to soccer glory in the next World Cup.
But first they must face landmines, pirates, storms and assassins.
Can Jamal and his family survive their incredible journey and get to Australia?
Sometimes, to save the people you love, you have to go overboard.
The book deals with some sensitive issues, such as the war in the middle east, assassins, landmines, refugees and migration, along with common story themes such as friendship and family. These issues are all dealt with Morris Gleitzman’s usual sensitivity, humour and kindness and through using language and scenarios that are appropriate for children.
We are following up some of the issues raised in the book with classroom discussions, investigations and kid friendly news from BTN, all with a respectful attitude.
The best thing is that we’re talking about some pretty big issues. If you’d like to talk to your kids about these issues, have a look at this blog post for some ‘hot topic’ words and some tips.
If you would like to listen to the first chapter of Boy Overboard click on the following link: http://www.morrisgleitzman.com/books/fst_bo_audio.html