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Review: Without Refuge

Without Refuge Without Refuge by Jane Mitchell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Talk:
Ghalib and his family live in war-torn Syria. He is used to the destruction in his city and the danger that lurks around every corner at night. Then he and his cousin are badly injured in a bombing as they scavenge for items to sell. Ghalib's family decides enough is enough, and make the decision to flee Syria for safer conditions. They make the dangerous journey to the Turkish border where they encounter terrible living conditions and find out that no one is allowed to cross into freedom in Turkey. What will they do? Will the family make it to freedom and safety?

My Thoughts:
This is a good read that will provide lots of insight into life in Syria and the experiences of refugee families. I plan on using this as part of a refugee book talk unit. I did not find this one as powerful as Gatz's "Refugee", but it is still a strong story that will resonate with students looking for realistic war fiction.

My Recommendation:
4/5 stars
Grades 6+ (violence)

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