My Mate Shofiq
By Jan Needle
Published: September 7, 2011 by
A celebrated children’s novel that many critics insisted was too tough for mere children. It is about the friendship that develops between a Pakistani boy who has apparently killed a racist thug, and a white boy forced, against his will and instincts, to defend him. Telling the truth leads to appalling violence, not only by the gang, but by teachers, social workers and the welfare state as well.