Makis and his mother Sofia escape a devastating Greek earthquake which has claimed his father's life. They move to North London and at first it is hard, especially at school, but being a gifted footballer, Makis slowly begins to fit in. But through no fault of his own, Makis lets down his team at an important match and the whole school, even the teachers, seem to turn agaiMakis and his mother Sofia escape a devastating Greek earthquake which has claimed his father's life. They move to North London and at first it is hard, especially at school, but being a gifted footballer, Makis slowly begins to fit in. But through no fault of his own, Makis lets down his team at an important match and the whole school, even the teachers, seem to turn against him. Praise for Angel Boy: "Ashley excels at tautly-potted, timely and highly topical thrillers which pack a real emotional punch." - Rivetting Reads "This perfectly plotted thriller." - Bookseller...
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Aftershock by Bernard AshleyAftershock is a realistic fiction book written about how a mother, Sofia, and her son, Makis, were forced to move out of Kefalonia Island (Greece) due a catastrophic earthquake where Makis’ father passed away. The best option they had was to move into a small Greek neighborhood on the North side of London. There Sofia worked and Makis went to school. Sofia and Makis adapted to many changes while immersing themselves in a culture that differed from theirs. They had barriers such as language, acceptance from the main stream culture, changes in their routines, and adaptations to the new lifestyle. Additionally, they had to deal with the grief of losing Makis’ father and being homesick. Sofia had hard time with overcoming her depression meanwhile her son tried to cheer her up. Makis, while he learned English, gives something to the new school that he did not even known he was good at, playing soccer. He uses his talent to be accepted and interact with the new society. The author narrates the story of how they bring back memories of when they were on the island with Makis father and how that motivates them to continue working hard in their new world.I would recommend this book to be read for grades 5th through 7th. Bernard Ashley let us know how it is the live in a big city, London, and how people live in a small island in Greece. Students can identify themselves if they moved to a different environment that differs to theirs. They can understand the fears and the excitement interacting with other cultures and social systems. I like the way Bernard Ashley clearly represents how children deal with their parent’s feelings in new lands. I see this all the time with families that just arrived to America. Students try to help their parents with translation and explaining to them how school works. Parent’s attitudes affect children’s views toward changes especially if the changes are as drastic as going to a different country with a different language being spoken and with different customs. Through Aftershock students can see that families move around the world with different motivations.Bernard Ashley, a British author, recognized for his work on children’s books. He has been nominated for many children’s book awards Carnegie Medal Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, Angus Book Award.
I really like this book it is very interesting and helpful. If you like realistic fiction books about sports, bullies, and tragedies you should definitely read this book. Well, Aftershock is a book about a family that lived in a small Greek village around the mid-1900s. There was a boy named Makis, Mother, and Father. They were having a nice peaceful life. There was a really big devastating earthquake that killed and injured a lot of people. Father died, so a big British ship came and brought Makis and Mother to London. Everything changed the language, culture and lifestyles. He found out in the new school that he was going to fit in pretty well because he was good in soccer. He helped Mother a lot since she was new to everything compared to Makis. But he brought his soccer team down a lot because other than being a young boy he was also the man of the house. A lot of things just started to go down from there. He was often bullied. Students and even teachers seemed to go against him. This book met my expectatition because it's not too long and its a good book to do for summer reading and reading for fun. What I like abot this book is that it envolves my favorite sport which is soccer.
After his father is killed and the small Greek island devastated by an earthquake Makis and his mother board a ship and move to London. Everything is different....their home, the language, the culture. Makis finds talents he never realized he had and begins to feel that he is slowly fitting in, but is torn between being the young boy that he is and the man of the house who must help his mother to overcome her grief and depression. Trying to give her the help that she needs to overcome the language barrier, her loneliness, her ability to find her way around the city without making her feel inadequate are great concerns for him. All while trying to progress in fitting in at school even when he is often bullied. His progress in both areas often surprise even him, even with the many detours that he faces along the way.
AT first I thought this would be a strong sport story for boys. As I began the book, though, I found that the story is about a boy named Makis, who moves to England from Greece after an earthquake destroys his home and kills his father. He starts at a new school with no English and begins to play football (soccer). He plays well and replaces a bully on the team. The team moves to the finals and Makis has to make a decision- go the the game or help hi mom who has been struggling with adjusting to life in England. A strong story about modern day immigration and the struggles to learn a new language and make friends.
This was a story about a young boy and his mother having to relocate to a different country after his father died in an earthquake. This book showed just how resilient children can be.
Book had to read for annotation project. Didn't much like--too much soccer but if I were a MS or HS ESL teacher, it would be a great read aloud and I do see some low reader/high interest appeal.