Nowhere Boy

Book review by Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Riveting friendship tale set against terror, refugee crisis.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 12+

Riveting and Heartfelt!

I think that Nowhere Boy is a great story, but needs to be read by 12 year olds and up because there are some devastating parts that only older tweens would understand. It also raises some questions that might not be so appropriate to tell to a 9 year old.

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