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Elizabeth Laird ´ 8 Read Characters ☆ Welcome to Nowhere 108 Twelve year old Omar and his brothers and sister were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra Syria Omar doesn't care about politics all her 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 w. This was a book that really tugged at my heartstrings Being an Arab myself with so many family members who struggled and went through the Syrian war some who are still going through it and still living it there and being of Palestinian origin one whose family fled the country back in 1948 makes me a third generation refugee myself Taking this journey with Omar and his family and really living these events with him experiencing life as it was before the war and contrasting it with life during the war really puts things into perspective I wasn t sure Elizabeth Laird would pull it off but she did Reading the descriptions of Syria before the war the streets the people the markets their livesit made me so nostalgic but also devastated at the immense loss It all becomes a hundred times magnified when it is portrayed through the eyes of a 12 year old boy A young boy who along with his siblings had future plans and wanted to do so much but got to do nothing instead With a difficult and backwards thinking father his sister was struggling to continue her education so she can become a teacher but the war put a stop to that and all her dreams came crashing down as her parents only resolution was to get her married in order to secure a different future for her Her mother who fought so hard for her daughter s education actually agreed to this marriage in order to keep her daughter safe and ensure she has some sort of future I could sort of understand where they were coming from but I felt so resentful and angry that the only future they could envision for their daughter in a war zone was marriage Fortunately that plan fell to pieces when the family found itself forced to flee the country by foot to get to JordanThis is a fantastic read one that should become reuired school reading to educate on this crisis Laird has obviously done her research because she brought it all to life for me So much so that I almost wanted to Google Omar and his family after I had finished the book to find out what has become of them That s an incredible feat and I applaud her for it The only thing I will point out which is a very little annoyance was the ending You can stop reading now if you don t want to know how it ends but for those who do it ends with the youngest daughter 2 years old I believe she was having a heart condition and therefore they were all able to acuire visas to go to London for her treatment with help and references from the camp clinic It ends with the siblings staying up all night talking about their plans and how their life is going to change once they get to the UK etc It ended on such a high and positive note and was portrayed as if all their problems will end once they reach London and I didn t really think that was very realistic They may have better lives than the one they were leading at the Zaatari camp but it doesn t mean it s going to be any easier To learn a new language to try and fit into a completely different culture and society to be Arabs and Muslims in a Western country to always be labeled as refugeesthe journey doesn t end there the struggle doesn t end there This is just the beginning and I had hoped that would be conveyed in a realistic sense That s the one thing I would probably change It wasn t a bad ending on the contrary it was great I love a happy ending and perhaps after all the suffering and heartbreak throughout the story Laird wanted to end it with a positive note regardless of the reality of the situation as it stands now

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Elizabeth Laird ´ 8 Read Characters ☆ Welcome to Nowhere 108 Muscular moving thought provoking book from an award winning writer GuardianNot 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 sings with truth Alex O'Connell The Times Children's Book of the WeekThis powerful dramatic story poignantly illustrates how war afffects ordinary people Booksell. Actually I bought this book for my daughter but read it before she did I thought the writing was good and she will enjoy the book I remember reading Elizabeth Laird s Red Sky in the Morning when I was a child I hope my daughter will learn about war in Syria through this book She s 6 though and may need some explanations

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Elizabeth Laird ´ 8 Read Characters ☆ Welcome to Nowhere 108 Ith only what they can carry But no matter how far they run the shadow of war follows them until they have no choice but to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether But where do you go when you can't go home PRAISE FOR WELCOME TO NOWHERE Humane and empathetic Not only eye opening important and topica but a vivid emotionally involving nail biting read an effective call to action Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times Children's Book of the WeekA. A gritty tale of escape as Omar and his family make their way out of Syria which has just descended into civil war I really wish I d read this book with my class They were genuinely interested in the wider world but often said they were unsure how people became refugees This book maps it out perfectly much like an illness displacement can happen to anybody It is indiscriminate the trouble Omar and his family go through show this perfectly A thoughtful story that would be perfect for any learning around the current refugee crisis The Tragedy of Macbeth only what they can carry But no matter how far they run the shadow Bishops Angel of war follows them until they have no choice but to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether But where do you go when you can't go home PRAISE FOR WELCOME TO NOWHERE Humane and empathetic Not Bedhead Skin Deep #3 only eye Sticks and Stones Broken Heart #2 opening important and topica but a vivid emotionally involving nail biting read an effective call to action Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times Children's Book 50 Debate Prompts for Kids Reproducible Debate Sheets Complete with Background and ProCon Points That Get Kids Reading Writing Speaking and T of the WeekA. A gritty tale Curiosity of escape as Omar and his family make their way Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880 out An Anthropomorphic Century of Syria which has just descended into civil war I really wish I d read this book with my class They were genuinely interested in the wider world but The War Against the Chtorr 1 A Matter For Men often said they were unsure how people became refugees This book maps it Le choix de la défaite: Les élites françaises dans les années 1930 out perfectly much like an illness displacement can happen to anybody It is indiscriminate the trouble Omar and his family go through show this perfectly A thoughtful story that would be perfect for any learning around the current refugee crisis