For our continuing series of asking young readers to comment on our books, we asked Alex (age 13) to talk about Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera and if doing so had sparked any continued interest in the subject. We asked him this question because the anniversaries that began with the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 this past September continue. The 10th anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay detention center is next week — January 11, 2012.
Guantanamo Boy was an amazing book. I would recommend it to all historical fiction fans anywhere because it has the perfect combination of history and fiction. This book opened my eyes in so many ways to the awful things that happened after 9/11 to mostly innocent people.
This book was important for me to read, because it was the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and we learned about it in school. After we learned about it in depth, I went back and read this book again and was horrified that the United Sates Government could do such a thing. I know that they were angry with the Taliban, but not all Muslims are a part of the Taliban or are even dangerous. The Taliban and the al-Quaeda are just extremely small extremist groups within a vast population of generally peaceful people.
After reading about how cruelly the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay were treated, I decided to do some more research. I found out that the Taliban had already tried earlier attempts than 9/11. I found out that the prisoners were put in Guantanamo to find out more about the Taliban and al Quaeda through interrogation. Once they were in Guantanamo the prisoners were starved and treated harshly in the hopes that it would break their will and they would tell about the terrorists.
What the government didn’t know was that few prisoners knew anything about the terrorist activities.