Amir: Friend on Loan
Amir has been best friends with Dragan since they were in kinder and the boys are looking forward to starting high school together next year. Even though Amir’s parents are Bosnian Muslim and Dragan is of Serbian Orthodox background, the boys think of themselves as Australian and their cultural differences have never mattered ... until the Balkan war breaks out. Suddenly their family tells them that they are not supposed to be friends because Bosnians and Serbs are fighting overseas. Can they find a way to keep their friendship in the face of their family’s opposition?
To be published by Pishukin Press
'It tells the tale of a friendship strained by circumstances out of the boys' control and explains the reasons behind the Balkan war in terms a young person can grasp... [Amir: Friend on Loan] provide[s] insights into the individual lived experience. It is through learning about other people's stories that empathy and respect ultimately grow... [it] encourage[s] intercultural understanding and the recognition that emotions and questions of identity are universal.' Jodi Wiley, Viewpoint, Vol 22, No 1.