Recommended for Readers
in Grades 7 and up
2000 - Carnegie Medal
2002 - Jane Addams Children's Book Award for Older Readers
Two children escape violence in Nigeria to live in Great Britain with their uncle. Unfortunately, he never meets them at the arranged spot, and they are shifted to different homes, learning to adjust to life in the U.K.
This is a powerful story about survival and overcoming trauma and tragedy. It raises questions and points for caregivers and teachers about how to be patient and build trusting relationships with children in crisis. As I was reading this, I was sometimes frustrated when the characters wouldn't fully explain their situation, but it also made complete sense that they would keep silent, afraid of systems and consequences.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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