A Fight to Belong Teacher's Pack A True Story by Alan Gibbons


A Fight to Belong Teacher's Pack A True Story by Alan Gibbons

This is the accompanying Teacher's Pack to an illustrated story book which explores the issue of deportation from a child's perspective. It shows that children can influence events, and that support networks, such as friends, families and communities, are vitally important and powerful. An envelope drops through the letter box of the Okolo family in Manchester. But it isn't anybody's birthday. Instead, that letter turns the lives of Awele, 8, and Anwuli, 5, upside down. It's from the government, telling the Okolo family they are going to be deported back to Nigeria. Through the eyes of Anwuli, A Fight to Belong tells the moving story of the family's four-year campaign to stay in England - with school friends, teachers and parents writing letters, singing, marching and signing petitions in support of the family.

About the Author

Alan Gibbons

Alan Gibbons is a full time writer and a visiting speaker and lecturer at schools, colleges and literary events nationwide, including the major Book Festivals: Edinburgh, Northern Children's Book Festival, Swansea, Cheltenham, Sheffield and Salford. Alan is also a key contributor at the QCA/National Literary Strategy 'Writing Together' conferences. As well as being a writer, Alan is a high profile library campaigner. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children.

He has written over 60 books and won many prestigious awards such as the Blue Peter Award for ‘The Book I Couldn’t Put Down’, the Angus Book Award and the Stockport Book Award. He has also been shortlisted twice for the Carnegie Medal and his books have been published into dozens of languages.

Alan Gibbons Q+A
If you could choose a football dream team – which players would you choose?

Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Paolo Maldini, George best, Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards, Ryan Giggs, Diego Maradonna, Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Bobby Moore. What a great side!

Which sports person would you most like to meet and why?

Muhammad Ali. He was quite simply The Greatest. If I had a tardis and could time travel I’d like to meet George Best when he was very young so as to tell him to stay away from the booze.

The 1966 World Cup Final when England best West Germany and the 1970 World Cup Final when Brazil beat Italy. Then there was the night Muhammad Ali beat George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle and won back the world heavy weight boxing title.

My head says “no” but my heart says “yes.” Wayne Rooney to score the winner in South Africa.

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54 pages


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Publication date

13th April 1999



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