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|Unwanted : stories of the Syrian refugees|
Author: Brown, Don
An eye-opening exploration of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, exposing the harsh realities of living in, and trying to escape, a war zone.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG+
Reading Level: 5.70
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 198183
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor, 2019
Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/01/18)
School Library Journal (09/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2018 Gr 8 Up—In the spring of 2011, a group of teenage boys are imprisoned and tortured for spray-painting "Down with the regime" on a Syrian wall. Thousands of citizens who rise up in protest are met by tanks and snipers. The demonstrations and violence escalate, and civil war breaks out in Syria. Unsure of their chances for survival but certain of the dangers at home, thousands of refugees flee to surrounding areas. Blocks of text provide context about Syria's civil war, as well as commentary on the international response, with supporting maps and charts seamlessly incorporated into the story. The loose linework reflects the chaos, and the full-color art depicts a muted sepia and blue gray palette, with touches of brighter hues for effect. Violence is freely but not gratuitously shown, and death is depicted only rarely. The back matter includes an extensive bibliography, with citations for the numerous quotes used in the dialogue, as well as a journal summary of Brown's 2017 trip to Syrian camps in Greece, complete with pictures and source notes. VERDICT This accessible and heartbreaking primer, with its stirring simplicity and a note of hope, should be required reading for all teens hoping to be empathetic and engaged world citizens.—Alea Perez, Westmont Public Library, IL - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.