Fahim is an exceptional chess player who flee's Bangladesh when he is eight years old after receiving kidnapping threats. Escaping with his father, he ends up in France as a refugee.
Desperately missing his mother, siblings and friends, Fahim’s troubles continue as their visas are refused and they are lost in bureaucracy.
Not speaking the language and often with nothing to eat and nowhere to stay they spiral further and further into despair and hit rock bottom when Fahim’s father ends up living in a tent in a park. Luckily though they are helped along the way by the kindness of strangers, notably the famous chess coach Xavier Parmentier, who recognises Fahim’s extraordinary talent.
Despite his dire circumstances, Fahim wins many competitions and goes on to become World U13 school champion. This compelling book highlights the misery and despair experienced by refugees. Fahim himself is endearing and courageous who despite everything keeps his hope alive. A must-read. DM
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