Azzi In Between
Author and Illustrator: Sarah Garland
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To leave your home, your grandma, your friends and everything you own without warning, what would that be like?
This child’s powerful and heart-warming story of her family’s flight, escaping as refugees in the night, inspires compassion and offers comprehension of things both strange and complex.
Azzi lives what most kids would call a normal kind of life. She goes to school, friends come over to play, her dad’s a doctor, mum sews beautiful clothes and her beloved grandma lives with them.
Azzi is happy.
War is in their country, the children often see loud helicopter gunships flying by and soldiers marching on their street. One night something changes.
With only her teddy bear and a blanket they flee, across a dark sea with many others in a small boat.
This series of frightening events is brilliantly portrayed.
We are shown only the child’s key feelings without the distraction of discussing external situations or introducing other characters.
The comic book style offers lots of pictures, allowing us to explore the details of this child’s experience.
When they arrive in England, Azzi has to deal with many unfamiliar experiences.
A language which she can’t understand, a new school and living in a single room with her parents.
She misses her grandma and dad is unhappy as he is not allowed to work and earn a living for his family in this country.
However her heart is lightened by new friends, a nice teacher and a kindly translator at school.
Inspired by the school garden project Azzi hatches a plan to make her father smile.
With determination and love Azzi succeeds in bringing happiness to her family and is finally reunited with her dear grandma.
Drawing on her own experience of working among refugee families, Sarah Garland has created a story which will strike a chord with many who have undergone similar ordeals. It also reaches out to those who want to understand new comers in their community.
Winner of the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award, Azzi in Between is a very special book which we are proud to recommend. A ‘must have’ for all school libraries and a thought provoking story for readers of all ages.BUY – AZZI IN BETWEEN