Boys Without Names

Boys without Names

By Kashmira Sheth
Level 6

Set in modern-day rural India, this story follows 11-year-old Gopal and his family as they flee to the big city of Mumbai to find work and a better future. However, tragedy strikes when Gopal is captured and imprisoned as a child laborer. This story is very engaging, but it also teaches much about India, human nature, and principles such as honesty, hope, kindness, friendship, and loyalty. Although the book does dive into the deep topic of forced child labor, it does so without graphic detail or despair—keeping a positive note as Gopal maintains his sense of kindness and hope throughout his difficulties. I really liked this book and felt like I gained a lot from reading it.

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)

Region Asia, India, Mumbai
Genre Fiction
Digital Format Audiobook, E-book
The Good and the Beautiful Library No
  • Audiobook
  • E-Book
  • 4.5 Entertainment Value
  • 3.5 Moral Value
  • 5 Educational Value
  • 3.5 Literary Value
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