Boy Overboard

Written by Morris Gleitzman Presented by Bella Baggio

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The book is about a family who flees Afghanistan for a better life. They get to a place but soon realise that it is not Australia.

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Who, what, where, when, why?


Who: Jamal, Bibi and their parents are the main characters in the story. There are also Jamal’s friends from Afghanistan, the student’s of Jamal and Bibi’s mum’s school, Rashida (the teenager that they meet on the boat) and Omar (the boy who stole Jamal’s ball).

What: Jamal's family are fleeing their homeland because the government is persecuting its people.

Where: The story is set in Afghanistan and then moves to Christmas Island

Why: Jamal's family are fleeing their homeland because the government is persecuting it's people. Afghanistan has become a dangerous place because of war.

When: This book is set in the late 1990’s-early 2000’s.

1. Why must Jamal, Bibi and their parents flee Afghanistan? How do they manage to escape?


Why must Jamal, Bibi and their parents flee Afghanistan? How do they manage to escape?

Jamal, Bibi and their parents have to flee Afghanistan, as the government has found out that their Mum was teaching children illegally, but even worse, teaching girls. Due to the law, the Afghan government was going to have their Mum killed, but luckily, the family got their mum out of it. Jamal's family plans to get away by leaving in the middle of the night and being taken to a truck that will take them to their next destination, (the first of many boat docks). They then take a short boat trip to an airport where they catch an old, and not very trustworthy, plane. This plane takes them to the final part of their travels, the very long and anxiously awaited boat trip to Australia, or as they will soon find out, Christmas Island.

2.The story is told in the first person from a child’s perspective. It uses humour and naivety, even in grave situations. Find three examples of this. Explain why you think Morris Gleitzman uses humour to tell the story.


The story is told in the first person from a child’s perspective. It uses humour and naivety, even in grave situations. Find three examples of this. Explain why you think Morris Gleitzman uses humour to tell the story.

I think that Morris Gleitzman used humour to tell this book as if somebody at the age of Jamal would. This understanding will most likely be a bit naive. This book is aimed at young children and if Morris Gleitzman had written it in a very mature way, it probably would not have been understood by children.

3 examples of this humour and naivety are:

  • “Bibi punches me in the arm. ‘Sorry for causing so much trouble,’ she whispers. I rub my arm and give her a grateful smile. ‘That’s okay,’ I say. ‘It was a great goal!’”

-JAMAL IN CHAPTER 6

  • “Lets plan a party for your birthday,’ I say to her miserably. ‘OK!,’ she says, brightening. ‘MY BIRTHDAY IS IN FOUR MONTHS!’ says Omar.”

-JAMAL, BIBI AND OMAR IN CHAPTER 29

  • “Down on the beach, I see Mum and Dad and Bibi walking at the water’s edge. Even though they’re picking their way through plastic bags and rotting seaweed, they look so happy!”

-JAMAL IN CHAPTER 22

3. But I don’t understand. Here’s a man who’s as kind as can be, from a country where people’s hearts are bigger than warm loaves, and yet some people there don’t want us.” (pg 176). The story ends with the family reuniting but we don’t actually know what happens to them. What do you think should happen to Jamal’s family and other families like them?

“But I don’t understand. Here’s a man who’s as kind as can be, from a country where people’s hearts are bigger than warm loaves, and yet some people there don’t want us.” (pg 176). The story ends with the family reuniting but we don’t actually know what happens to them. What do you think should happen to Jamal’s family and other families like them?

I personally think that people like Jamal’s family should be given a good shot at life. That means getting to live somewhere where they can be given a proper education and all the needs that a family need. This story may not be a TRUE story but it is based on many stories like it, therefore, everyone in this situation should not be deported back to where they fled from or kept in a refugee camp for life, but they should be moved to somewhere nicer than what they are living in.

Food Distribution to Fleeing Families

Iraq: WFP Food Distribution To Families Fleeing Conflict In North

References! :)

video: World Food Programme

Pictures of the characters: www.toondoo.com

Music: Sound Cloud Sarkhail Nazaneenan

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