Books at Stoneleigh Community Library

Books for National Refugee Week
(14th – 20th June 2021)

These are the books that we are featuring in the library for National Refugee Week.

Children's Stories About Refugees

Love from Lexie

Cathy Cassidy (2017)

Life has been pretty chaotic ever since Lexie's mum vanished - new homes, new places, new people, always changing. But Lexie never gives up hope that her mum will come back one day and continues writing her letters that return unanswered. While she's waiting for her mum to rescue her, Lexie decides to do a bit of saving herself - everything from salvaging an old railway carriage to campaigning for the local library and the Syrian refugee crisis. For a long time Lexie hasn't know what direction her life is headed in but she's about to realise that sometimes you have to get lost to find yourself again.

Book Details: HB/9780141379685/JF/2017

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No ballet shoes in Syria.

Catherine Bruton (2019)

Aya is eleven years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher spots her exceptional talent and believes that Aya has the potential to earn a prestigious ballet scholarship. But at the same time, Aya and her family must fight to be allowed to remain in the country, to make a home for themselves, and to find Aya's father - separated from the rest of the family during the journey from Syria.

Book Details: PB/9781788004503/JF/2013

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Worry Angels

Sita Brahmachari (2017)

Amy May knows about webs of worries - so many people she meets are caught in them, from her own artist dad to newly arrived refugee Rima and her family. By being brave enough to open up her worry box, Amy May helps all those around her find a way forward.

Book Details: PB/9781781126950/JF/2020 Dyslexic Friendly

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The Boy at the Back of the Class.

Onjali Q. Raúf (2018)

There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it. He's nine years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't like sweets - not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite! But the truth is, Ahmet really isn't very strange at all. He's a refugee who's run away from a war. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to be his friend. That's where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we've come up with a plan.

Book Details: PB/9781510105010/JF/2018

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My Name is Not Refugee .

Kate Milner (2017)

A young boy discusses the journey he is about to make with his mother. They will leave their town, she explains, and it will be sad but also a little bit exciting. They will have to say goodbye to friends and loved ones, and that will be difficult. They will have to walk and walk and walk, and although they will see many new and interesting things, it will be difficult at times too. This powerful and moving story draws young readers into each stage of the journey, inviting the chance to imagine the decisions he or she would make.

Book Details: PB/9781911370062/PRS/2017

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The Seeds of Friendship.

Michael Foreman (2016)

In this moving story, Adam feels alone in his strange, new city. He misses the colours and friendships of his faraway home. But when a teacher at school gives him a few seeds, she plants an idea in him - an idea that could transform his grey world for ever.

Book Details: PB/9781406365900/PIC/2016

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Judith Kerr (2008)

Partly autobiographical, this is first of the internationally acclaimed trilogy by Judith Kerr telling the unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the Second World War.

Book Details: PB/9780711219915/JF/2008

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The Colour of Home.

Mary Hoffman / illustrated by Karen Littlewood (2003)

Hassan feels out of place in a new cold, grey country. At school, he paints a picture showing his colourful Somalian home, covered with the harsh colours of war from which his family has fled. He tells his teacher about their voyage from Mogadishu to Mombasa, then to the refugee camp and on to England. But gradually things change. When Hassan's parents put up his next picture on the wall, Hassan notices the maroon prayer mat, a bright green cushion and his sister Naima's pink dress - the new colours of home.

Book Details: PB/9780007274772/PIC/2003

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Children's Books About Diversity

Happy in Our Skin.

Fran Manushkin / illustrated by Lauren Tobia (2018)

Is there anything more splendid than a baby's skin? For families of all stripes comes a sweet celebration of what makes us unique - and what holds us together. Look at you! You look so cute in your brand-new birthday suit. Just savour these bouquets of babies - cocoa-brown, cinnamon, peaches and cream. As they grow, their clever skin does too, enjoying hugs and tickles, protecting them inside and out, and making them one of a kind. Fran Manushkin's rollicking text and Lauren Tobia's illustrations paint a breezy and irresistible picture of the human family - and how wonderful it is to be just who you are.

Book Details: PB/9781406378887/PIC/2003

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Young Adult Stories About Refugees

The Weight of Water

Sarah Crossan (2019)

Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.

Book Details: PB/9781526606907/YAF/2019

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Boy 87.

Ele Fountain (2018)

Shif is just an ordinary schoolboy who loves chess and playing with his best friend. But, one day, he is forced to leave home to avoid conscription into the army. He embarks on an epic journey, in which he encounters dangers and cruelties - and great acts of human kindness - as he bravely makes his way to a future he can only imagine.

Book Details: PB/9781782691976/YAF/2018

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Refugee Stories - True and Fictional

What is She Doing Here?

Kate Clanchy (2008)

"What Is She Doing Here?" is a memoir of the five years the poet Kate Clanchy spent living closely with Antigona, a Kosovan refugee. Antigona becomes her project, her protge, her cleaner, her nanny, and slowly, through hours of conversation and negotiations of difference, her friend. Through the story of the women's growing understanding is woven the dramatic tale of Antigona's great escape - from Milosevic, from her forced, violent marriage, and from the most traditional pastoral society in Europe - and the growing toll of her losses, as she and her rebellious teenage daughters negotiate London. Antigona's wit and vertiginous perspectives on contemporary life illuminate and transform the way the writer thinks, bringing many hard truths uncomfortably close to home. 'Kate Clanchy has written not just a heart-stopping story, but one that is essential for our times.'

Book Details: HB/9780330443821/NBIO/362.8709/2008

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The Lightless Sky

My Journey to Safety as a Child Refugee

Gulwali Passarlay with Nadene Ghouri (2016)

Gulwali Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan at the age of 12, after his father was killed in a gun battle with the US army for hiding Taliban fighters. Smuggled into Iran, Gulwali began a 12 month odyssey across Europe, spending time in prisons, suffering hunger, cruelty, brutality, nearly drowning in a tiny boat on the Mediterranean. Somehow he survived, and made it to Britain, no longer an innocent child but still a boy of 12. Here in Britain he was fostered, sent to a good school, won a place at a top university, and was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in 2012. He wants to tell his story - to bring to life the plight of the thousands of men, women and children who risk their lives to leave behind the troubles of their homelands.

Book Details: PB/9781782398479/NBIO/920PAS/2016

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Let Her Fly.

A Father's Journey and the Fight for Equality.

Ziauddin Yousafzai with Louise Carpenter (2019)

For over twenty years, Ziauddin Yousafzai has been fighting for equality - first for Malala, his daughter - and then for all girls throughout the world living in patriarchal societies. Taught as a young boy in Pakistan to believe that he was inherently better than his sisters, Ziauddin rebelled against inequality at a young age. And when he had a daughter himself he vowed that Malala would have an education, and he founded a school that Malala could attend. Then in 2012, Malala was shot for standing up to the Taliban, and Ziauddin almost lost the very person for whom his fight for equality began. This is Ziauddin's journey from a stammering boy growing up in a tiny village high in the mountains of Pakistan, through to being an activist for equality and the father of the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and now one of the most influential and inspiring young women on the planet.

Book Details: PB/9780753552988/NBIO/920YOU/2019

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The Boy With Two Hearts.

A Story of Hope.

Hamed Amiri (2020)

When Hamed Amiri was ten years old he watched his mother give a speech in his home town of Herat, Afghanistan, speaking out for women's rights and education, and against the ruling Taliban. That night, an order was given for her execution. The family packed up their most precious belongings and escaped in darkness, starting what would be a long and dangerous journey. But his mothers' was not the only life in danger. Hamed's older brother suffered a rare heart condition, and this escape offered a chance of life-saving treatment in the West. Exploring the humanity of refugeeism, this is not only a tale of a family in crisis, but a love letter to the NHS, which provided hope and reassurance as they sought asylum in the UK and fought to save their loved ones.

Book Details: HB/9781785786198/NBIO/920AMI/2020

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Our Journey Home Through War-torn Germany

Barbie Probert-Wright with Jean Ritchie (2019)

Germany, 1945. Trapped between advancing armies, stranded hundreds of miles from their mother, and with their father missing in action, sisters Barbie and Eva were confronted with an impossible choice. Should they stay and face invasion or risk their lives to find their mother? Together, they set out on a perilous three-hundred mile journey on foot across a country ravaged by war. Fuelled by courage and love, Eva and seven-year-old Barbie encounter incredible hardship, extraordinary bravery, and overwhelming generosity. Against all odds, they both survived. But neither sister came out of the journey unscathed.

Book Details: HB/9781787463233/NBIO/920PRO/2019

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Aravind Adiga (2021)

Danny - Dhananjaya Rajaratnam - is an illegal immigrant in Sydney, denied refugee status after he has fled from his native Sri Lanka. Working as a cleaner, living out of a grocery storeroom, for three years he's been trying to create a new identity for himself. And now, with his beloved vegan girlfriend, Sonja, with his hidden accent and highlights in his hair, he is as close as he has ever come to living a normal Australian life. But then one morning, Danny learns a female client of his has been murdered. When Danny recognises a jacket left at the murder scene, he believes it belongs to another of his clients - a doctor with whom he knows the woman was having an affair. Suddenly Danny is confronted with a choice: come forward with his knowledge about the crime and risk being deported, or say nothing, and let justice go undone?

Book Details: PB/9781509879052/FIC/2021

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The Survivors.

Kate Furnivall (2018)

Germany, 1945. Klara Janowska and her daughter Alicja have walked for weeks to get to Graufeld Displaced Persons camp. In the cramped, dirty, dangerous conditions they, along with 3,200 others, are the lucky ones. They have survived and will do anything to find a way back home. But when Klara recognises a man in the camp from her past, a deadly game of cat and mouse begins. He knows exactly what she did during the war to save her daughter. She knows his real identity. What will be the price of silence? And will either make it out of the camp alive?

Book Details: PB/9781471172304/FIC/2018

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The Grapes of Wrath.

John Steinbeck (2014)

'I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags, I don't want him satisfied.' Shocking and controversial when it was first published, The Grapes of Wrath is Steinbeck's Pultizer Prize-winning epic of the Joad family, forced to travel west from Dust Bowl era Oklahoma in search of the promised land of California. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and powerlessness, yet out of their struggle Steinbeck created a drama that is both intensely human and majestic in its scale and moral vision.

Book Details: PB/9780141394886/FIC/2014

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A Very Distant Shore.

Jenny Colgan (2017)

Lorna lives on the tiny Scottish island of Mure, a peaceful place where everyone helps their neighbour. But the local GP is retiring, and nobody wants his job. Mure is too small and too remote. Far away, in a crowded camp, Saif is treating a little boy with a badly-cut hand. Saif is a refugee, but he's also a doctor: exactly what Mure needs. Saif is welcome in Mure, but can he forget his past? Over one summer, Saif will find a place to call home, and Lorna's life will change forever.

Book Details: PB/9780751566192/FIC/2017

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo.

Christy Lefteri (2020)

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls.

Book Details: PB/9781838770013/FIC/2020

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We Are Made of Earth

Panos Karnezis (2019)

When an overcrowded dinghy capsizes at sea, a doctor is among those refugees thrown overboard. In the ensuing panic, he saves one life and condemns another. The doctor and the boy he has saved - the only surviving witness to the crime - eventually reach a tiny Greek island where they are offered shelter by the owner of a small travelling circus, itself marooned in the off-season. Debt-ridden, the circus owner knows that his most valuable asset is an Asian elephant, far from her natural habitat but lovingly tended by the owner's wife even as she mourns their 10-year old daughter. As the refugees await a long-deferred ferry to take them onto the next stage of their journey, the doctor is drawn to his host's wife, all the while keeping his young companion, who loves him fervently, at arm's length.

Book Details: PB/9781912408276/FIC/2019

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Henry Porter (2018)

From the refugee camps of Greece to the mountains of Macedonia, a thirteen-year-old boy is making his way to Germany and safety. Codenamed 'Firefly', he holds vital intelligence: unparalleled insight into a vicious ISIS terror cell, and details of their plans. But the terrorists are hot on his trail, determined he won't live to pass on the information. When MI6 become aware of Firefly and what he knows, the race is on to find him. Luc Samson, ex-MI6 agent and now private eye, finds himself recruited to the cause. Fluent in Arabic thanks to his Lebanese heritage, Samson's job is to find Firefly, win his trust and get him to safety.

Book Details: PB/9781787470538/THR/2018

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We Are Displaced.

My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World.

Malala Yousafzai with Liz Welch (2009)

In this powerful and emotional work, Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist Malala Yousafzai shares various stories of displacement, including her own. Part memoir, part communal storytelling, 'We Are Displaced' introduces readers to some of the incredible girls Malala has met on her many journeys and lets each tell her story - girls who have lost their community, relatives and often the only world they've ever known, but have not lost hope. Longing for home and fear of an uncertain future binds all of these young women, but each is unique. In a time of immigration crises, war and border conflicts, the book is an important reminder that every single one of the 79.5 million currently displaced is a person - often a young person - with dreams for a better, safer world. This edition includes a new afterword by the author.

Book Details: PB/9780091929725/NSOC/305.9069/2009

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