Chico de Guantanamo

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Khalid, un chico de quince años de origen pakistaní residente en Rochadle, localidad a las afueras de Manchester, vive una vida apacible con su rutina colegial y sus aficiones favoritas, el fútbol y los videojuegos chateados en Internet. Sus padres le convencen de que les acompañe a Karachi para ayudar a sus tías a un trasladarlas de piso. Una vez en Karachi, el padre no vuelve a casa tras salir a visitar un apartamento. Khalid va en su busca y se ve sorprendido por una manifestación antiyanqui en plena calle y ...

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Khalid, un chico de quince años de origen pakistaní residente en Rochadle, localidad a las afueras de Manchester, vive una vida apacible con su rutina colegial y sus aficiones favoritas, el fútbol y los videojuegos chateados en Internet. Sus padres le convencen de que les acompañe a Karachi para ayudar a sus tías a un trasladarlas de piso. Una vez en Karachi, el padre no vuelve a casa tras salir a visitar un apartamento. Khalid va en su busca y se ve sorprendido por una manifestación antiyanqui en plena calle y vuelve a casa de sus tías sin haber encontrado a su padre. Aquella misma noche, mientras juega a un videojuego inventado por su primo Tariq y que consiste en bombardear una ciudad imaginaria, unos agentes de la CIA enmascarados entran a la casa y se llevan a Khalid. De ahí en adelante todo son cárceles, interrogatorios, maltratos, hasta que finalmente es liberado y devuelto a Inglaterra.

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Gr 9 Up—Khalid, 15, enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his buddies, and rooting for his favorite soccer team. He has never been to Pakistan (where his father is from) or to Turkey (where his mother is from). In fact, there is not much difference between Khalid and his English friends, except that he is a Muslim and, in the words of Khalid's father, "these are bad times for Muslims." And so begins Khalid's ordeal. On a family trip to Pakistan, he is kidnapped by the CIA and sent to the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison as a suspected terrorist. He endures all levels of torture including extreme psychological abuse to the point that he suffers a mental breakdown. Some information has recently been released regarding the treatment of foreign detainees, and Guantanamo Boy, while fictional, is certainly in keeping with the news stories. It is also an account of children imprisoned at the facility, which, according to Perera, is a common occurrence and one about which many people do not know. The novel touches on very important themes (discrimination against Muslims, violation of rights, use of torture, children prisoners). It is a must-read for teens and adults alike, but readers should be prepared for difficult and painful subject matter.—Jessica McClinton López, King County Library System, Auburn, WA
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Gr 9 Up—Khalid, 15, enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his buddies, and rooting for his favorite soccer team. He has never been to Pakistan (where his father is from) or to Turkey (where his mother is from). In fact, there is not much difference between Khalid and his English friends, except that he is a Muslim and, in the words of Khalid's father, "these are bad times for Muslims." And so begins Khalid's ordeal. On a family trip to Pakistan, he is kidnapped by the CIA and sent to the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison as a suspected terrorist. He endures all levels of torture including extreme psychological abuse to the point that he suffers a mental breakdown. Some information has recently been released regarding the treatment of foreign detainees, and Guantanamo Boy, while fictional, is certainly in keeping with the news stories. It is also an account of children imprisoned at the facility, which, according to Perera, is a common occurrence and one about which many people do not know. The novel touches on very important themes (discrimination against Muslims, violation of rights, use of torture, children prisoners). It is a must-read for teens and adults alike, but readers should be prepared for difficult and painful subject matter.—Jessica McClinton López, King County Library System, Auburn, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788466644655
  • Publisher: Ediciones B
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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