The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown (9781328810151)
This graphic novel tells the stories of Syrian refugees in their own voices. Based on interviews and visits to refugee camps around the region, the book clearly tells the story of the basis of the refugee crisis in Syria. As the flood of refugees begins and then continues, the nations taking in the refugees see sentiments in their populations shift to be anti-immigrant due to the overwhelming costs and disruption. Still, the refugees need a place to live in peace, a place to make a home and a place to feel safe.
Brown returns with another gripping nonfiction graphic novel. He uses the refugees’ own stories to really create a book that is heart-wrenchingly realistic. Young readers will benefit from hearing how the crisis began and will learn a lot about refugees, the dangers they face and the risks they are willing to take for freedom. The art in the book is done in limited colors, often filled with sandy yellows and deep browns. The faces of the refugees are compellingly depicted, often with expressions of deep fear, loss and grief.
A strong and important look at the Syrian refugee crisis in a format that makes the content very readable. Appropriate for ages 13-16.
Reviewed from library copy.
The longlists for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019 were announced a bit ago and I missed it, so this is a post on those longlists right before the shortlists are announced tomorrow. A reminder, that this is a UK book prize so some of the titles may not be known by American readers. Here are the nominees:
The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf
The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy
The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli
Iguana Boy Saves the World with a Triple Cheese Pizza by James Bishop, illustrated by Rikin Parekh
Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Kristjana S. Williams
Knights and Bikes by Gabrielle Kent
Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone
Song of the Dolphin Boy by Elizabeth Laird
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The Bacteria Book: Gross Germs, Vile Viruses and Funky Fungi by Steve Mould
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Peace and Me: Inspired by the Lives of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates by Ali Winter and Mickaël El Fathi
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