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Young Adult Fiction General

Ghost Boys

by (author) Shenaaz Nanji

Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
Initial publish date
Sep 2017
General, Asia, Literary
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2017
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2017
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 14
  • Grade: 7 to 9


Finalist for the Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards, Snow Willow, 2018
Named to Best Books for Kids & Teens, Spring 2018

Fifteen-year-old Munna lives with his Ma and sisters in a small town in India. Determined to end his family's misfortunes, he is lured into a dream job in the Middle East, only to be sold. He must work at the Sheikh's camel farm in the desert and train young boys as jockeys in camel races. The boys, smuggled from poor countries, have lost their families and homes. Munna must starve these boys so that they remain light on the camels' backs, and he must win the Gold Sword race for the Sheikh. In despair, he realizes that he is trapped and there is no escape . . .

About the author

Shenaaz Nanji is an internationally published author with twelve award winning novels, short stories, and picture books. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. Her novel, Child of Dandelions, was a finalist for the Governor General award in Children's Literature. Born in Kenya, she now lives in Calgary.


Shenaaz Nanji's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Ghost Boys is an enlightening tale for early teen readers." --National Reading Campaign

"[T]his is a coming-of-age book which will capture the imaginations and emotions of young readers and perhaps will cause them to delve just a little more deeply into some of the serious societal and political problems presented by Nanji." --CM Magazine

"Ghost Boys is a well-researched and richly written middle-grade novel about human-rights abuses for the sake of a multimillion-dollar sport." --Canadian Children's Book News