Everyone is a bit surprised and a lot puzzled when a new boy arrives at school wearing a balaclava. And goes on wearing one, day after day. What could Tommy possibly have to hide? Everyone has a theory, but they’re all wrong. Willyou be able to guess?
Amusing and intriguing, this story will keep kids of 8+ reading to the very end.
PRAISE FOR BALACLAVA BOY
‘A delightfully undidactic fable of tolerance and acceptance’ – Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times
‘A fresh, contemporary and very engaging read … the reader is swept along at a rapid pace. When the reason is finally revealed, readers will quickly realise that in the course of the narrative they have learned profound lessons about identity, self-esteem, bullying, solidarity and the right to be who we are’ – Books for Keeps, July 2015
‘Funny, fresh and utterly contemporary, this is a real find – great for 7–10-year-olds and with a brilliant (non-preachy) message about acceptance and difference.’ – The Bookseller
‘For ages seven to eight and older, try Balaclava Boy by Jenny Robson (Little Island £4.99), one of the best books about tolerance and friendship that I’ve read in a long time… Beautifully written in simple yet eloquent prose, this is worth buying for the fiendishly clever twist alone.’ – Sarah Webb, Irish Independent
‘This simple but clever novel has an important message about tolerance and acceptance, without being in any way preachy… A short read with a well-paced plot, making it a good choice for reluctant readers, and the excellent twist makes for a satisfying conclusion.’ – Natasha Mac a’Bháird, Inis Magazine, Children’s Books Ireland
‘Balaclava Boy is a fable of tolerance with a fiendishly clever twist for the over-eights.’ – Lorraine Courtney, Irish Independent Christmas Books Roundup
‘the book holds the reader’s attention throughout, and it is, in its way, quite a tour de force … The plots to unmask Tommy are ingenious, and invite the reader to speculate about bullying and how to stop it, and raise questions about self-respect, privacy, isolation and loneliness – all in a positive and amusing way…An easy reading book, even for reluctant readers. Warmly recommended, both for them and for the fluent.’ – Martin Axford, School Library Association.
‘Funny, fresh and utterly contemporary, this a real find – great for 7 – 10 year olds and with a brilliant (non-preachy) message about acceptance and difference. Massively enjoyed!’ – Karina Clifford, children’s bookseller and reviewer
Jenny Robson was born in South Africa and now lives in Botswana. She has won many important awards for her children’s books, including the UNESCO Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance.Her delightful children\'s book Balaclava Boy was first published in South Africa, but it was when they came across the German translation, published in Switzerland, that Little |Island fell in love with it and decided to make it available to English-speaking readers in this part of the world.