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Shif is just an ordinary boy, but one day soldiers come to his door. Shif knows he is no longer safe. He is forced to embark on a dangerous journey; a journey through imprisonment and escape, new lands and strange voices, and a perilous crossing by land and sea.
Boy 87 is a gripping, uplifting tale of one boy’s struggle for survival; it echoes the story of young people all over the world today.
“Full of tension, fear, heartbreak and hope” Guardian
“Exceptional… vivid, convincing and empathetic… it grips us with the need to know how the heart-stopping events will turn out” Sunday Times, Children’s Book of the Week
“A remarkable debut” iNews
“Boy 87 is an original and beautifully written page-turner of a novel about love, survival and the strength that can be found in a hopeful human spirit” Sarah Crossan, Carnegie Medal winner
“A very important and timely book written with passion and deep knowledge” Elizabeth Laird
“A timely and important book… but this is ultimately a story about the power of kindness and the strength of the human spirit” BookTrust
“A fantastic achievement. Fountain transports us into the life of Shif, expertly conveying the horrors that so many child refugees face today by creating wonderful, believable characters and a gripping, fast-paced narrative” Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, author of Castaway
“The plight of refugees is made personal by Shif’s powerful first-person narrative, giving voice and heart to the tabloid depiction of the displaced. An assured and thought-provoking debut” The Bookseller
“Ele Fountain conjures up the terrifying world of the Africa refugee with great skill and empathy” Paul Dowswell, author of Auslander
“Fantastically written… a striking book that will stop you in your tracks” Reading Zone
“A devastating and powerful story” Turn2page1
Lola’s life is about to become unrecognisable. So is Lola.
Everything used to be comfortable. Lola lived in a big house with her family, where her biggest problems were arguing with her little brother or being told she couldn’t have a new phone. But as one disaster follows another, the threads of her home and family begin to unravel.
Cut off from everything she has known before, Lola must find a new way to survive. An ordinary girl must become extraordinary.
“Fountain writes with verisimilitude and verve. Novels are works of imagination, and this book’s compassion overrides any questions about the ‘right to write'” Observer
“This book will arouse compassion for society’s lost, reminding readers how small the difference may be between them and us” Sunday Times, Children’s Book of the Week
‘This is an enchanting story in which the heartstrings are pulled but the morals never laboured’ The Telegraph
“A powerful and timely story” The Bookseller
“LOST is a breathless, thrilling adventure, a story to make your heart beat faster. Lola is a wonderful girl, resourceful, brave and loyal, and I desperately wanted her to find her way home” Elizabeth Laird
“This gripping, poignant and timely novel shines a humane light on the deep inequalities of our world as two children search for family, friendship and the safe, loving heart of home” Sita Brahmachari
“A gripping tale of a young girl lost in a concrete jungle. It shows how hope, determination and friendship can win through, even in the most challenging environment” Malcom Duffy
“Ele Fountain’s vivid page-turner conjures the world of street children with empathy and compassion” Paul Dowswell
‘A powerful and thought-provoking story about two siblings fighting to survive’ The Week Junior