Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award

Nowhere Boy

on September 21, 2019

How does a community absorb an increasingly desperate group of refugees, while keeping
everyone safe from terrorism? Max is unhappy about his family’s one-year stint in Brussels,
Belgium, until he meets Ahmed, a Syrian refugee boy who’s been secretly living in his basement.
Max’s neighbors are angered by terrorist attacks in the news and would gladly report Ahmed if they
saw him. The boys form a bold plan to help Ahmed stay under cover in Marsh’s gripping and
suspenseful novel.


8 Responses to “Nowhere Boy”

  1. ima_katt says:

    This book is so heartbreaking! I love it so much! Friendship, Understanding, getting_new_friends_’cause_people_are_nice, and loyalty are all shown. Go you Katherine Marsh!

  2. Lula the Crime Fighting Giant says:

    Nowhere Boy was a really good book that was well written and changes perspectives. It’s about a fourteen year old boy who is a Syrian refugee named Ahmed. He is homeless in Belgium until he moves secretly into the wine cellar of a house. The house and wine cellar belong to Max and his family, and they eventually meet. I liked that the characters change during the story, like Max’s opinion of Brussels and Syrians, and Ahmed’s opinion of being seen by the Belgians. You will enjoy this book if you like realistic fiction with suspense.

  3. Lula the Crime Fighting Giant says:

    Nowhere Boy was a really good book that was well written and changes perspectives. It’s about a fourteen year old boy who is a Syrian refugee named Ahmed. He is homeless in Belgium until he moves secretly into the wine cellar of a house. The house and wine cellar belong to Max and his family, and they eventually meet. I liked that the characters change during the story, like Max’s opinion of Brussels and Syrians, and Ahmed’s opinion of being seen by the Belguins. You will enjoy this book if you like realistic fiction with suspense.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Nowhere Boy was a really good book that was well written and changes perspectives. It’s about a fourteen year old boy who is a Syrian refugee named Ahmed. He is homeless in Belgium until he moves secretly into the wine cellar of a house. The house and wine cellar belong to Max and his family, and they eventually meet. I liked that the characters change during the story, like Max’s opinion of Brussels and Syrians, and Ahmed’s opinion of being seen by the Belguins. You will enjoy this book if you like realistic fiction with suspense.

  5. Anonymous07 says:

    I think that Nowhere Boy was one of the best books on the list I’ve read so far. One reason is it’s from two peoples’ perspective. Also it’s very exciting and you can’t tell what will happen next. The book is about an immigrant boy Who ends up in a family’s basement. The 13 year old boy who lives on the houses finds out that the immigrant is living in his basement the boy agrees to help the immigrant reunite with his dad in this exciting book.

  6. Linda Kautzman says:

    This is my favorite books so far. I learned so much about the hardships of refugees around the world.

  7. Gavin says:

    I loved this book it shows friendship, and ambition showing a boy in poverty and hiding just wanting his normal life back. I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys adventurous, and suspenseful books.

  8. What does Max consider the problems in his life at the beginning of the book? How does he change?

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