Friday 31 August 2012

On Two Feet and Wings

On Two Feet and Wings: One Boy's Amazing Story of Survival On Two Feet and Wings: One Boy's Amazing Story of Survival by Abbas Kazerooni (Allen and Unwin)
PB RRP $15.99
ISBN 978-1-74331-105-9
Reviewed by Ann Harth ( )

On Two Feet and Wings is the true story of a child’s struggle for survival during the Iran-Iraq war. Abbas is only nine years old when he flees Iran – alone.

Born into a wealthy and high-profile family, Abbas Kazerooni lives with Maman and Baba in Tehran. He and his parents are watched carefully by the rulers of Iran. When they reduce the army recruitment age to eight years old, it’s critical that Abbas escapes. Although Baba is not allowed to leave the country, he wants to send Abbas and Maman to Istanbul to keep them safe. All does not go as planned.

When they reach the airport, Maman is told that she is not allowed to leave Iran either. The choice is difficult but must be made swiftly. Abbas travels to Turkey alone or he goes to war. He lands in Istanbul, alone and terrified. He trusts no one and is suddenly faced with a constant struggle for survival. At nine years old, Abbas learns the lessons of a lifetime and meets many people; some can be trusted and others cannot. He discovers betrayal, trust, patience and great ingenuity within himself.

The writing in this book is superb, allowing the story to unfold effortlessly as the story progresses. Kazerooni’s use of sensory images invites readers to become so involved in Abbas’s life that they will feel as though they are wandering the streets of Istanbul beside him. This book will touch the hearts of young readers aged 12-14 as they follow Abbas on the most challenging journey of his life.

On Two Feet and Wings is Abbas Kazerooni’s first book. As well as an author, he is a lawyer, actor and producer. He attended the London Academy of Performing Arts and has worked in film, television and radio.

Ann Harth is a published children's author and writing tutor at Australian College of Journalism. She loves to read and is committed to creating children's literature that inspires, entertains and triggers a tiny twist in the mind. Her latest middle-grade novel, The Art of Magic, is now available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 

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