Pushkin Children's Books
Shif is just an ordinary schoolboy who loves chess and playing with his best friend. But, one day, he is forced to leave home to avoid conscription into the army. He embarks on an epic journey, in which he encounters dangers and cruelties - and great acts of human kindness - as he bravely makes his way to a future he can only imagine.
Told in the powerful first person, this startling debut novel will encourage understanding and empathy in young readers, and allow the news headlines of the day to resonate with the humanity involved in creating them.
'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
'Ele Fountain conjures up the terrifying world of the African refugee with great skill and empathy, in this timely antidote to the tabloid narrative' - Paul Dowswell, author of Auslander