On Two Feet and Wings Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 87 user ratings

"I did not realize when starting this but it was a true story I was reading. Overall an extremely enjoyable story. I think since it is true it would be nice to know if the child ever saw his parents again or was he okay. All of that could have been given just an a special author's note at the end so there didn't have to be story. It was very interesting. Sad at the same time. Though this represented one particular time in history I would believe it is representative of many throughout history and even contemporary refugees" said.

"This is a story of bravery and resourcefulness. Abbas Kazerooni was only 9 years old when he fled Iran. It was a matter of leave or be forced into the army. He expected to travel to Turkey with his mother. His father would not be allowed to leave the country. At the airport as Abbas and his mother are about to board their plane, she is pulled aside and not allowed to leave. Abbas continues to Turkey - alone - as a nine year old boy. He doesn't speak the language, know anyone, have anywhere to stay. This is his remarkable journey. What makes this story even more remarkable is that it is a true story." said.

"This audiobook was read by the author. It is a true story and it is amazing.
Abbas was 9 years old when the Iranian regime decided to change the age of mandatory entry into the army to 10. His once well-off and aristocratic father realizes he must get Abbas out of the country. The plan was for Abbas and his mother to go to Turkey, apply for British visas and move there where a relative would sponsor them. Unfortunately they turned his mother away at the airport and 9 year old Abbas went to Istanbul on his own.
This is his story of what happened.
It is heart-wrenching and incredible. If I was still teaching school I would definitely share this with students in grade 5 and up. To have it read by the author has an even greater impact.
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This is the true story of 9yr old Abbas and his solo flight from Tehran to avoid conscription into the army during the Iran-Iraq war. Abbas finds himself on his own in Istanbul, in luck with a few helpful adults, but mostly getting along by his wits and ability to gauge people well. He has to find a place to stay, a place to change money, and his way to the consulate to begin the process of applying for a visa... and survive through that long process. As my youngest boy is 9 himself right now, and a very independent, enterprising boy as well for that matter, I really felt my heart go out to him and his family for this crazy experience.
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"Just finished this as one of the free audio titles offered by . It's a true story of the author's life narrated by the author. An amazing story of his escape from Iran at the age of 9 during a time when they were lowering the age to conscript young boys into the army to the age of 8 years old! His father, once a man of wealth and influence, is now unable to leave the country, so they sell everything to buy tickets for Abbas and his mother to fly to Turkey to obtain Visas so they can travel to England for Abbas to study there. Unfortunately, his mother is restricted from going, so they end up sending him alone.
A courageous and very resourceful young boy whose entrepreneurial abilities and quick thinking enable him to survive under under dangerous and harsh conditions.
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" This is one amazing story about survival. Abbas Kazerooni needs to leave his family and home to avoid being drafted into the military at the age of 9. Because his family is on the wrong side of politics he will most assuredly be targeted. His family sells everything they own in order for Abbas to escape to Istanbul with his mother, but at the last minute his mother is denied travel status and he must go on his own AT THE AGE OF NINE to a foreign country where he does not speak the language. His savvy and determined outlook plus miraculous encounters with kindly people who guide and help him - from the kindly taxi driver on the first night in the strange city to the hotel owner who treats him like a grownup and helps him make money in most interesting ways - makes this a most compelling read. " said.

" Amazing, heartbreaking, touching, uplifting. An incredible account of a child's fight for freedom, and his parents sacrifice for this to occur. Truly compelling. " said.

" Amazing book written by my friend. It is hard to imagine how Abbas felt going through all of this on his own and, for me as someone who knows him it was incredible to realise how much he had experienced yet he is so grounded and one of the loveliest people you could ever hope to meet. Can't wait for the sequel which he is currently writing. " said.

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