Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)
Newly arrived in Brussels, Belgium, fourteen-year-old Ahmed is stuck in a city that doesn’t want him. He has fled his home in Syria to escape the suffering of his people, but has now lost his father on this perilous journey toward Europe and freedom. Now, Ahmed is struggling, alone and homeless, and he is beginning to lose hope. Then, he meets Max, a thirteen-year-old American boy who has been repeatedly bothered by a bully at school, and is struggling to find his way in a land where he doesn’t speak a word of French, the local language. Ahmed and Max’s lives collide and they realize they have found the help they need in each other, and learn what it means to be brave and believe in oneself. This poignant story is set against the backdrop of the Syrian refugee crisis, and Katherine Marsh has done a brilliant job with this story of resilience and friendship, and produced for us two everyday heroes.
Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC MARSH)