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Boys Without Names - by Kashmira Sheth (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 320

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Sub-Genre: Boys & Men

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

Age Range: 9-12 Years

Author: Kashmira Sheth

Language: English

Street Date: May 24, 2011
TCIN: 13439891
UPC: 9780061857621
Item Number (DPCI): 248-65-4357
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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Eleven-year-old Gopal and his family flee to Mumbai in hopes of finding work. Gopal is eager to help support his struggling family, so when a stranger approaches him with the promise of a factory job, he jumps at the offer. But there is no factory, just a stuffy sweatshop where he and five other boys are forced to work for no money and little food.



Book Synopsis



Trapped.

For eleven-year-old Gopal and his family, life in their rural Indian village is over: We stay, we starve, his baba has warned. They flee to the big city of Mumbai in hopes of finding work and a brighter future. Gopal is eager to help support his struggling family, so when a stranger approaches him with the promise of a factory job, he jumps at the offer.

?But there is no factory, just a stuffy sweatshop where he and five other boys are forced to work for no money and little food. The boys are forbidden to talk or even to call one another by their real names. Locked away in a rundown building, Gopal despairs of ever seeing his family again.

But late one night, when Gopal decides to share kahanis, or stories, he realizes that storytelling might be the boys' key to survival. If he can make them feel more like brothers than enemies, their lives will be more bearable in the shop--and they might even find a way to escape.



Review Quotes




Sheth's lush prose creates a vivid portrait of slave labor without losing the thread of hope that Gopal clings to.--Publishers Weekly

With echoes of the Lost Boys in Nancy Farmer's The House of the Scorpion and even Slumdog Millionaire, this a tightly woven tale of a boy's will to survive, the power of story and the bond of friends tied together in the hope of a better day.--BookPage

Boys Without Names is not a heartbreaking story, even if there are moments that break the heart. Instead, it is a story about growing up, about learning and relearning the meaning of family. This is one of the best books I've read this year.--Jacqueline Woodson, author of the Newbery Honor book After Tupac and D Foster

"Kashmira Sheth gives a name to the pernicious practice of child bondage in her unforgettable portrait of Gopal, a boy enslaved in a grueling factory job in India. And she shows the power of story telling to inspire acts of kindness and courage in even the darkest of situations."--Patricia McCormick, author of of National Book Award Finalist SOLD
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