Boy, Everywhere


Sami is Boy, Everywhere, living a comfortable life in Damascus with exams, friends, football and ice-cream in the mall. However an explosion means his family are forced to abandon their lives and seek safety. Yet this action means leaving everything they know and hold dear behind them.

Their journey is fraught with deception and uncertainty, danger and betrayal. Sparks of hope and the prospect of a wider family network in Manchester spur them forward. There can be no turning back, despite the scent of orange blossom, the lure of PlayStation and the stands of Bentleys and Rolls- Royce… Now it’s the clinical harshness of the detention centre and thereafter the likelihood of starting all over again, without protection, respect or knowledge or who Sami’s family are, have been, and what they’ve endured.

Thereafter, will they receive welcome and compassion in their new home city, from the family network, at school and work?

Boy, Everywhere is a ‘wake up’ reminder of the people about us, with whom we might learn, work or live. Refugees, immigrants have stories that demand our understanding and compassion. Sami’s story shakes us. Boy, Everywhere is an urgent, compassionate and humane title that Bookwagon recommends highly to our older readers.

This title is available for pre-order ahead of its release on October 22nd.

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Boy, Everywhere

A.M. Dassu

(Old Barn Books)

Sami considers that it all starts to go wrong when the door flies open to reveal his school principal, Mr Abdo. Thereafter he announces, ‘There’s a bombing. Not a drill… we need to get you all home.’
Yet what if home is no longer as it has been always? What if there is no ice-skating to look forward to? No football, no trips to the mall- no mall. Suddenly, Sami is Boy, Everywhere. Home in Damascus is no longer safe and all he has must be surrendered. Furthermore, the bomb explosion prompts his family to seek a new home in Manchester with its family connections
However the journey is cruel, dangerous and unforgiving. Sparks of hope and kindness are random. Furthermore, should they reach Manchester how will their lives develop? Will they be welcomed by family and a new community? Thereafter, will their plight be understood so that they are treated with warmth and compassion?
Like Gecko Press’s Migrants and Ele Fountain’s Boy 87, readers are drawn up short by this story. It seems that we are reminded of the humanity, history and toll of emigration through Sami’s experience. Furthermore A.M. Dassu engenders her characters and setting with such tangibility that we feel as though we are part of it. Boy, Everywhere is recommended highly to older readers. What a moving, necessary, raw book.


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