Forced to flee his home in Syria, a young boy and his family face the dangers of civil war.
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.
[H]umane and empathetic . . . Not only eye-opening, important and
topical, but a vivid, emotionally involving, nail-biting read . .
.an effective call to action. * Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times
Children's Book of the Week *
A muscular, moving, thought-provoking book from an award-winning writer * Imogen Russell Williams, Guardian *
[I]n bringing the fate of the victims of the Syrian conflict to life for young readers, both to inform and encourage sympathy and understanding, it is much to be admired. * Books for Keeps *
An important story for our time * Scottish Book Trust *
Not only does it explain how the war in Syria began in as clear a way as I have ever heard but [Elizabeth Laird] makes her characters lovable, loathable - and believable. They are children of war but not defined by it . . . fascinating and sing[s] with truth. * Alex O'Connell, The Times Children's Book of the Week *
This powerful, dramatic story, poignantly illustrates how war affects ordinary people * Bookseller *
Deeply moving . . . you can always count on Elizabeth Laird to write fearlessly but with compassion and this story will give readers plenty to think about * Bookbag *
A poignant, special book which is beautifully written. Essential reading. * ReadingZone *
Powerful, heart-breaking and compelling * The Scotsman *