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undefinedBoy : tales of childhood by Roald Dahl

“An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details.”


In Boy, Roald Dahl recounts his days as a child growing up in England. From his years as a prankster at boarding school to his envious position as a chocolate tester for Cadbury's, Roald Dahl's boyhood was as full of excitement and the unexpected as are his world-famous, best-selling books. Packed with anecdotes—some funny, some painful, all interesting.

GENRE: Autobiography 


  • Resilience
  • Dealing with Change
  • Humour
  • School stories

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Roald Dahl was a spy, an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor.

He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and a treasury of original, evergreen, and beloved children’s books. He remains for many the world’s No. 1 storyteller.

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Questions for your circle

  • What are the differences between Autobiographies, Biographies, Fiction and Non-Fiction? Could you tell that Boy was Non-fiction?
  • Why do you think that Roald Dahl wrote this book?
  •  Why does Dahl write that he was lucky to receive all his letters back from his mother? 
  • Now that you know that this was Roald Dahl's autobiography - which of his childhood experiences seem to have influenced his writing career?
  • Can you see where he got some of his story ideas from? Name a few.

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