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, Childrens, Middle Grade

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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Katelyn
    This book is about a boy called Abbas, a nine yaer old boy who flees to Istanbul to avoid being forced to join the Iranian army. Abbas survives on the rough streets of this rough city by his uncanny sense of who he should trust. He manages to find a good hotel - well at least without police tape all around it - and makes friends with Murat the hotels owner and Murat teaches him how to play Backgammon, Abbas becomes a very good Backgammon player a...
  • Kayla
    This memoir tells the story of Abbas, a nine year old boy who faces the threat of conscription into the Iranian army during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. In order to avoid this fate, Abbas must leave Tehran for Istanbul, where he can hopefully apply for a visa to England. He makes on this journey alone; his parents are not allowed to leave the country because of their connections to the former Shah. Abbas learns to fend for himself and navigate...
  • Debbie Tanner
    I read this one as an advanced readers copy on Netgalley. It's going to be published in October. It's the story of a boy growing up in Tehran in the 1980s. His once wealthy family has sold many of their possessions to survive after the overthrow of the Shah and as Abbas' 10th birthday is coming up, his father is concerned that Abbas might be conscripted into the army. So they come up with a plan to go to Turkey where they can get to the British e...
  • IncRead
    It was an incredible true story. A nine year old Iranian boy forced to flee his country leaving his parents and everything he loved behind, just to escape being recruited in Army. It was horrifyingly riveting, almost unbelievable. I wonder how the nine year old got the courage to do the things he did...may be in a fight or flight situation you don't have any other choice. I have a son who is nine (about to be ten in a couple of months) and despit...
  • carrietracy
    Amazing true story of a boy fleeing Iran at the time of the Iran-Iraq war. The book details his escape and his stay in Istanbul while awaiting a British visa. The book does read like a narrative in a way that detracts slightly from the text. It's also quite long and yet leaves you a bit unsatisfied as it ends with a brief epilogue about England. After spending so much time with Abbas, you at least want a bit of information about his life.It's int...
  • Hilary
    What an incredible boy. His story starts in Tehran, where he lives with his parents and grandmother in an house emptied of possessions except for a few treasured items. Soon these too have been sold; the age of "enlistment" into the Iranian army has been lowered to 8 years old, and everything - including their beds - is sold to buy tickets to Istanbul for Abbas and his mother, a place where they can apply for a British visa and hopefully make it ...
  • Beverly
    It is hard for most Americans to think of the story of a nine year old as being a coming of age story, but Abbas Kazerooni did not have the luxury of a childhood. In his compelling memoir, he shares his experience as an Iranian child refugee in Istanbul. All alone, not knowing a single soul or speaking a single word of Turkish, Abbas must find a safe place to live and a way to support himself. His goal of acquiring a British visa means he must st...
  • Olivia Eagles-smith
    I read this book cause mum bought it, and it looked good the category on the bingo board it ticks off is a book that teaches you about another culture other than your own. My favourite quote in this book is "I am 10 now im a real man" it show how if you believe in yourself you can still carry on with life, no matter how hard it is. I learnt that a 9 year old boy can manage by himself for 3 months. A character the interested me was Abbas he was fo...
  • Emily Onufer
    I received a copy of On Two Feet and Wings through the Goodreads First Reads program. This is an autobiographical story by Abbas Kazerooni, an Iranian man who escaped his country's turmoil by himself at just nine years old. The story itself is riveting yet heartbreaking at the same time. It is hard to imagine trying to obtain a visa in a country where you don't speak the language at just nine years old. I was not the biggest fan of the author's w...
  • Christy
    I could not put this down. While I couldn't relate exactly to what happened to Abbas, I was able to put myself in Abbas's 10 year old shoes because the story took place during my childhood. I kept reading to see how Abbas conquered the challenges of being on his own. There were parts that made me fearful and I had to keep reading to make sure everything turned out okay for Abbas.One of the reasons I think I liked this book so much was that the au...
  • Aurindam Mukherjee
    Real-life stories cannot get any more inspiring!The subtle thoughts of a child, the love of parents, some uncomfortable questions. Set in the backdrop of the war, Abbas has to leave his parents as the recruitment age had been reduced. His parents were now hounded by the govt officials as they had alligience to the previous regime. In a dramatic twist of fate, Abbas has to leave alone. Therein starts his journey to a world unknown. It's the story ...
  • Michelle
    Children's memoir. Took me a few pages to get used to the stilted style. (am assuming it was written this way to portray that the author was out of his depth with the language in foreign lands - or it may be the author as an adult trying, but not succeeding, to write as his 10 year old self)- I will go with the first of those - trying not to be too harsh because I did like it. It became quite the page turner. Very brave lad - the author's note at...