|Stormy seas : stories of young boat refugees|
Author: Leatherdale, Mary Beth
A treacherous voyage across the open seas is the last hope for safety and freedom for five young people from around the world.
School Library Journal (+) (00/04/17)
Booklist (+) (04/15/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2017 Gr 4–7—Across time, desperation has driven people from their homes in search of refuge—and the only way out is often through a stormy passage on the sea. Ruth was one of 900 Jewish people who boarded a ship, hoping to escape Nazi Germany; Mohammed, orphaned during the civil war in the Ivory Coast, scrounged up money to board a narrow, crowded boat headed for Europe. While Shakespeare provides evocative collage artwork, Leatherdale deftly retells the stories in spare but honest language; the text does not shy away from the perilous circumstances that the young people both escaped from and encountered. There are no guarantees of happy endings, but the information is important for students to understand. It is impossible to ignore the importance of a book like this in the current political climate, and educators and librarians looking for a human face for the refugee crisis will find this offering essential. VERDICT A timely, powerful piece of nonfiction, this is a first purchase for most collections.—Erinn Black Salge, Saint Peter's Preparatory School, Jersey City - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/15/2017 *Starred Review* Leatherdale and Shakespeare’s slim, gut-punch of a volume opens with a staggering statistic: “Sixty million of the world’s seven billion people . . . have been forced to leave their homes because of war, persecution, or natural disasters.” Five of those 60 million are profiled here, with snippets of interviews, key historical context, and photos of each teenage subject included on eye-catching collage spreads. Jewish Ruth boards an ocean liner to escape the Nazis in Germany, but the ship is repeatedly turned away. Phu leaves his family behind and flees Vietnam on a crowded boat, which was repeatedly attacked by pirates. José leaves with his family from Cuba, “bound for the United States and nothing is going to stop them.” Najeeba and her family flee the Taliban in Afghanistan, while Mohamed endures four horrendous years of being moved around by human traffickers before finally attaining freedom and stability in Italy. The facts and statistics Leatherdale includes are undoubtedly shocking, but it’s the refugees’ personal stories and voices that make these accounts especially meaningful, particularly since each of the five ultimately survived their harrowing journeys. Shakespeare’s dynamic, magazine-style spreads contain maps, headlines, photos, and evocative images rendered in torn paper and thick ink scrawls. Together, the words and images offer an affecting perspective on the plight of refugees and emphasizes that this human-rights crisis is an ongoing, urgent issue. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.