By Patricia Cornelius,Morris Gleitzman

A tale of event, ball regulate and desire. Jamal and Bibi have a dream. to steer Australia to football glory within the subsequent global Cup. yet first they need to face landmines, pirates, storms and assassins. Can Jamal and his family members continue to exist their amazing trip and get to Australia? tailored for the level by way of Patricia Cornelius from Morris Gleitzman's best-selling novel, Boy Overboard depicts a deeply human facet of the 'asylum seekers' factor by way of following the adventure of Jamal and Bibi from Afghanistan to Australia. according to genuine existence occasions, this can be a relocating play approximately youngsters overcoming the confusion of battle, politics and the hunt for a secure haven.

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But do you want to play? OMAR nods. JAMAL kicks the ball to him. He picks it up and runs. Hey! JAMAL and OMAR enter a stylised chase. Can’t lose that ball. This kid needs a whack around the head. Stop! At least it’s good practice, dodging tent pegs, jumping over families. [To someone on the ground] Excuse me. Avoiding prayer mats and tethered goats. I’m gaining on him. I don’t reckon he even plays soccer, there’s not much puff left in him. JAMAL catches OMAR by the back of his jacket and OMAR strains against his hold.

Bibi They have so much food they eat out of buckets. Don’t they, Jamal? Jamal And they have a world champion soccer team—Dubbo Abattoirs United. Omar I am looking forward to it. Jamal So am I, Omar. So am I. BIBI groans and RASHIDA props her head on her knee. Rashida You’ll be all right, Bibi. You’ll be all right. Bibi [wistfully] I like your hair, Rashida. Rashida Thanks, Bibi. Bibi And I like your green lips. Rashida Thanks. Bibi I even like your big boots. Rashida They’re cool, aren’t they? Bibi Rashida?

My parents, my wife, my children, I can’t find them. I’ve been waiting for my son for over six months now. I don’t know where my family are? Nor I. Nor I. I have no idea. Meanwhile hundreds of makeshift tents are erected, strung across an enormous expanse. JAMAL and his family weave their way through and finally find a place to sit. JAMAL practises a sequence of ball to head to knee, etc. A boy with a scowl, OMAR, emerges from behind a tent and spots JAMAL. He takes out a plastic bottle of water.

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