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Welcome to Nowhere (Hardback)

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Welcome to Nowhere is a powerful and beautifully written story about the life of one family caught up in civil war by the award-winning author Elizabeth Laird.

Twelve-year-old Omar and his brothers and sisters were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar doesn't care about politics - all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman who will take the world by storm. But when his clever older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes . . .

Before long, bombs are falling, people are dying, and Omar and his family have no choice but to flee their home with only what they can carry. Yet no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them - until they have no other choice than to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether. But where do you go when you can't go home?

Children'sFiction & true storiesFamily & home storiesChildren'sFiction & true storiesGeneral fictionChildren'sPersonal & social issuesSocial issuesWar & conflict issues Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 10/01/2017 ISBN-13: 9781509840496  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award-winning author of several much-loved children's books, including The Garbage King, The Prince Who Walked with Lions and The Fastest Boy in the World. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal six times. She lives in Britain now, but still likes to travel as much as she can.

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I'm going to be honest and admit I was extremely skeptical of a white woman writing a story about a Syrian family, and I was pleasantly surprised. Elizabeth Laird creates a well researched, sensitive portrayal of warfare and its wide-reaching affects. Welcome to Nowhere begins in Bosra, Syria, and follows twelve year old Omar and his family. Omar wants to be a great businessman, his sister Eman is determined to defy her father and become a teacher, and his brother Musa, continuously underestimated by everyone due to his cerebral palsy, is determined to fight for the Syria he envisions. Bombs begin to fall and people around Omar die, and so they flee Bosra first to Daraa, then to a family farm in the countryside, and finally to Jordan where they find themselves in a refugee camp. This is not a short novel at just shy of 400 pages in the proof edition, but it is an important one. This novel is intended for British children to read in order to understand the refugee crisis, a learning aid through literature. Not only that, but this novel accurately presents the attitudes and ableism directed at disabled people, a phenomenon seen world over - using offensive slang to describe the person, talking to people around them instead of to the person themselves. I was very impressed with this secondary theme in the story. It is recommended by the publisher for children aged 9+ and I strongly recommend parents read it either alongside (especially with younger readers) or at least discuss with their children as the book progresses what they think about various parts of the book. The final hardback edition has the most stunning illustrations below and I cannot wait to get my hand on a finished copy. 50p of every copy of the hardback sold will go to The Mandala Trust. Thank you to Macmillan for sending me a copy to review.

- 19/01/2017
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