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