Lost Riders by Elizabeth Laird

Rashid is only eight years old when he is taken from his home in Pakistan and sent to Dubai to work as a camel jockey. The work is hard and dangerous and the conditions he lives in are primitive. Yet Rashid is lucky: his stable is one of the better ones and he becomes a star jockey. All the time, though, he dreams of going home.

A sad and difficult story, more so because it is based on the true stories of many young boys who were taken away from their families and used as camel jockeys in Dubai. This practice has now been abandoned and robots are used instead of young children, and many (though not all) of the children were able to return home.The book is a straightforward read and it is informative and interesting – however the subject matter is tough.

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