On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni

On Two Feet and Wings

This is an updated cover edition of B008N4HWTC.This amazing true story of a boy fleeing Tehran on his own during the Iran-Iraq War provides a powerful child's-eye view of political tumult, separation, survival, dreams and triumphs in a moving memoir that chronicles extraordinary times in an ordinary boy's life.Close to his tenth birthday, Abbas has to leave his parents and friends to escape Tehran. The Iran-Iraq War is at its bloodiest. The ayato...

Details On Two Feet and Wings

TitleOn Two Feet and Wings
Release DateSep 1st, 2014
PublisherAllen & Unwin
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Adventure, Survival, Favorites, Childrens, Middle Grade, Audiobook, Biography Memoir, Cultural

Reviews On Two Feet and Wings

  • Marj
    Abbas leaves his family when he is 9 years old to escape being drafted into the army. He's alone on the streets of Istanbul, trying to survive. His journey is aided by the kindness of strangers and his innate uncanny sense of who is trustworthy and who is not. On Two Feet and Wings is the author's autobiography. It's highly accessible, harrowing enough but not too graphic, making it highly suitable for upper primary - lower secondary students. In...
  • Tiffany Wacaser
    As a 9-year old, Abbas Kazerooni, is sent from Iran to Turkey to try and obtain a visa to move to Britain. Staying in Iran is dangerous, with children being drafted into the war. Abbas' parents literally sacrifice everything they have to get Abbas to Turkey. From there, he has to rely on his own ingenuity and the kindness of strangers to get his visa. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I read this memoir. I couldn't help but think of my...
  • Anna Davidson
    I couldn't put this book down. What an incredibly resilient young person Abbas was! Can't wait to read the second book.
  • Silanur
    I had won this in a giveaway like a year and a half ago, but I never got around to reading it until this year for a summer assignment. I'm not really super interested in historical fiction, and there were somethings I weren't crazy about, but all in all this was a good read. :)
  • Peggy Tibbetts
    Abbas Kazerooni is only 9 years old when he is forced to flee his home and family in Iran to avoid being drafted into the military as a child soldier. Alone, he boards a plane for Istanbul, Turkey, where a family friend is supposed to meet him and help him obtain a passport so he can travel to Great Britain to live with his cousin. But the “friend” cruelly abandons him at the airport and he is forced to make his own way in a foreign land. Arm...
  • Dotty
    Could I give this 8 stars and 4 tissues?!!! I had to keep reminding myself that this book is a memoir. First, the writing, the story, the emotions, the people were compellingly communicated. What courage on the part of the writer and I would love to hear more of his life story.BOOK TALK: You are nine years old (fourth grade). They are drafting nine year olds into the army. Your parents want to save you from military service so they put you on a p...
  • Piyali
    An incredible story of courage, resilience and sacrifice. Abbas Kazerooni is 9 years old when his parents send him to Istanbul to avoid recruitment in the Iranian army. Iran is ruled by Ayatollah Khomeini and Abbas's father, a Shah supporter, has fallen out of favor. The only chance Abbas has to succeed in life and escape from forced recruitment is a visa to UK. 9 years old and alone, Abbas Kazerooni has to navigate Istanbul and British bureaucra...
  • Kat Morrison
    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.
  • Aly Stratton
    I certainly enjoyed this autobiography. The author is right; it is a unique story of courage and determination of a young boy. Yet there are thousands of stories like it, tales of children on their own in search of a better opportunity for a better life..
  • Jeannie May
    Amazing, heartbreaking, touching, uplifting. An incredible account of a child's fight for freedom, and his parents sacrifice for this to occur. Truly compelling.
  • Rhitik Bhatt
    nice book
  • Debra
    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 ...
  • Hanna
    Would you be prepared to leave your family to avoid war? Well, Abbas Kazerooni, from On Two Feet And Wings, was faced with that decision. An autobiography that tells a heartbreaking story of a boy from Tehran, Iran. At only ten years old he had to leave his country alone or fight in a war. Abbas’s family raised enough money to fly to Istanbul, Turkey. In this foreign city Abbas must acquire a VISA. After facing many hardships, can he find anyon...
  • Emily
    Hard to believe this is a TRUE storyThis book had me hooked the moment I started reading it. Finished it in one plane ride. The story is so interesting and heartbreaking. I shed tears reading about the family splitting up at the airport. I was cheering on Abbas for every single thing he did by himself in Turkey. I was grateful for the nice people he met who helped him along the way. This book evoked so much emotion from me. The story was also qui...
  • Alexandra Konopleva
    I wouldnt like to read this book it it was not the true story.Some things in the beginning and in the middle of the book seem to be put together in the intense row of events happenning so fast after each other that you didnt really have time to unterstand the previous one. The author though gives a note in the beginning, saying it was shortened on purpose, not to make the book too big and the reader too bored.Afterword hits through. Will be looki...
  • Dani Paiz
    This was a good book, a young boy of 9 is forced to travel to Istanbul alone and figure out to survive on his own to avoid going to war. The book stayed exciting and brought to light a part of history that most people don't know or think about. To avoid conscription a nine boy had to flee Iran and figure out how to live on his own. The book shows how kind people can be and how mean they can be. This would be a good book for anyone interested in h...
  • Viltor Napechnik
    Awesome read!This book written by Abbas Kazerooni was so captivating! I could not put it down so I just read and read into the we hours of the night. An amazing book that everyone should read!
  • Phoenix
    3.5 rounded up. Good story, interesting and well done, but very simple. Is it just me, or are the audio book sync books targeting younger and younger audiences? I'd peg this one for kids around 10-12.
  • Lorraine lepel
    A boy's life in Turkey.A very good writing of the life of a boy in his young years. He became self-sufficient and learned responsibility at a very tender age.
  • Marissa Sayler
    This book is one of my favorite books! Probably one of my top 5
  • Patrick McMahon
    It was far out.
  • Jack
  • Jennifer
    This book was fantastic, like absolutely could not stop listening to it. (I am very addicted to audio books right now) full review will be posted on TheCubicleEscapee.com Amazing read that is a page turner, that will make you realize how strong the human spirit can be.
  • Myra L Rice
    Abbas from Tehran to IstanbulAmazing account of an eight year old boy who lives by himself in Istanbul! This is a well written memoir of the time he spends while waiting for a visa to the UK.
  • Samran
    3.5 stars
  • Deborah
    I'm always hunting for solid, well-written non-fiction to promote to middle schoolers. On Two Feet and Wings is now on the top of my recommend list. It will be an easy sell, too. The main character, Abbas, is clever without being arrogant about it, brave to the point of being incautious sometimes, more fiscally responsible than many adults, and so very aware. Not that he could afford to indulge in daydreams even if he were so inclined. Abbas is a...
  • ENED536
    This memoir tells the story of nine-year-old Abbas, from Tehran, Iran, and the twelve weeks he spent alone in Istanbul, Turkey.Before the Iran-Iraq war, Abbas's family was very wealthy, but once the Ayatollah's regime took power, they were stripped of their wealth. Despite this, Abbas and his family live a modest but happy life in Tehran. When boys as young as nine years old are recruited into the Iranian army to fight as soldiers, Abbas's father...
  • Rebecca
    If you didn't know that this was a true story you would think that it was a great story, but hope that this kind of thing never happens. Well it is a true story, amazing as it is, and it is one that will stay with you long after you have read the last page.The book is set in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war, Abbas is nine years old, and when he turns ten he will be expected to become a soldier and fight. His father does not want this to happen,...
  • Claire
    I received this book as a goodreads First Reads giveaway.As adventures go, the one taken by Abbas Kazerooni was nothing short of amazing! Forced to flee his home in Teheran by the war with Iraq that saw his government conscripting boys as young as eight, he found himself fleeing alone when his mother was denied exit from Iran. As a child of parents who had been extremely wealthy before the Revolution that overthrew the government and set up a str...