London is cold and grey and the neighbours are noisy and there’s concrete everywhere.
But Leelu is not alone; someone is leaving her gifts outside her house – wonders which give her curious magical powers.
Powers which might help her find her way home . . .
Fly Me Home is an incredibly moving portrait of one family’s struggle to adjust to life in a new country. Full of friendship, family and magic, this stunning novel by Polly Ho-Yen, author of Boy in the Tower (shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award) and Where Monsters Lie, is a must-read for 9-12 readers.
Praise for Boy in the Tower
‘An unusual and very impressive debut’ The Bookseller
‘I loved it’ Bookbag
Praise for Where Monsters Lie
‘One of the most unusual and distinctive new voices in children’s fiction’ The Bookseller
Read more at https://www.penguin.co.uk/puffin/books/1113523/fly-me-home/#yvOLAcEDWmwO9YpP.99
A delightful story featuring a Somali boy and his class on a school trip to the seaside. The beautiful and vibrant illustrations by Karin Littlewood depict the diversity in modern city classrooms.
This book was made with the Somali community in Harrow and several local schools. Children and adults helped develop the story and the children were involved at every stage of production, from the initial raw story and rough illustrations, through the editing process to the published book.
Alpha Coulibaly sets off from his home in Côte d’Ivoire, bound for Paris, where his sister-in-law has a hair salon near the Gare du Nord. Alpha’s wife Patience and son Badian left for Paris months ago, travelling without visas, and he has heard nothing from them since. He carries their photograph close to his heart as he crosses the continent and meets an unforgettable cast of ‘adventurers’ seeking a better life.
Alpha is emblematic of the refugee crisis today – just one of millions on the move, at the mercy of people traffickers, endlessly frustrated, endangered and exploited as he attempts to rejoin his family, already in Europe. With a visa, Alpha’s journey would take a matter of hours; without one he is adrift for eighteen months. Along the way he meets an unforgettable cast of characters, each one giving another human face to the crisis. The book is presented in graphic novel format, with artwork created in cheap felt-tip pen and wash, materials Alpha himself might be able to access.
Supported by Amnesty International, Institut Francais and English PEN.
In the summer of 2014 a black plague swept across Syria, a killer cult spreading misery and murder. Sitting in the shade of the Pomegranate Tree, we meet Dilvan, a young Kurdish girl. Through the pages of her diary, we follow her quest to find her family with a determination to fight, maybe even to die – but never to surrender.
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Everything looks grey and unfamiliar to Hassan, as he begins his new life in a strange new school. He’s in a cold, rainy country and his teachers and classmates speak a language he cannot understand. He paints scenes of the sun-splashed memories of Somalia that he and his family have left behind, as well as the effects of the war.
Gradually, as Hassan settles in to his new surroundings, he begins noticing glimpses of the colours that remind him of the country he has left behind.
The issue of asylum and refugees is sensitively handled in this poignant story, expertly portrayed by Karin Littlewood’s award winning illustration.
Femi and Sade’s father is a journalist, a truth-teller, and someone who gets on the wrong side of the Nigerian authorities. When their mother is shot dead in front of them, the bullet was meant for him.
Sade and her brother are ripped from their comfortable, happy life and sent to England for their safety – illegally and against their will.
This novel wholly deserves its classic status. The Other Side of Truth won the Carnegie Medal in 2000 but the trauma and murder endured by Sade and her family, and their experience of fleeing the familiar to become refugees in an alien country, is still relevant and poignant.
Seen through the eyes of two brave, but frightened, children, this is a story of terror, loss, love and humanity.
Naidoo never falls into the trap of making this a narrative of white saviours, or painting England as a rescuing paradise: Femi and Sade are traumatised, and they want to go home. Their struggle is theirs, their bravery comes from their identity and although they find friends in England, their longing for Nigeria, the past and home is unquenchable and the author never shies away from exploring their complex emotions.
Fourteen year old Alix lives at the bottom of Hayling Island near the beach. It is a quiet backwater, far removed from world events such as war, terror and refugees. Alix has never even given a thought to asylum seekers, she has enough problems of her own: Dad has a new life that doesn’t include her, Grandpa is dead and Mum is helpless and needy. Then one day on the beach Alix and Samir pull a drowning man out of the incoming tide: Mohammed, an illegal immigrant and a student. Mohammed has been tortured by rebels in Iraq for helping the allied forces and has spent all his money to escape. Alone, helpless, and desperate not to be deported, Mohammed’s destiny lies in Alix’s hands. However, hiding an injured immigrant is fraught with difficulties. Faced with the biggest moral dilemma of her life, what will Alix do, and who can she trust?