Book Reviews

Key Stage: 3 (11+)

Rating: ★★★★★

Reviewer: Ms Harrison

Welcome to Nowhere, Elizabeth Laird (2017)

Plot: An account of the life of one family caught up in civil war and the resulting refugee crisis in Syria
narrated by twelve-year old Omar.

Positives: The protagonist and narrator Omar is really likable.  The writing feels well researched, and the portrayal of warfare and its wide-reaching affects is sensitively managed. For a short book, it covers many other issues such as ableist attitudes toward disability through the character of Omar’s brother older Musa who has cerebral palsy – I loved his character especially.

Negatives: I felt sometimes that the story moved too quickly, often with months passing at a time which detracted a little from the atmosphere and the notion of time ticking slowly by.

If you like this, you might like: A Little Piece of Ground and The Garbage King by Elizabeth Laird, The Journey by Francesca Sanna (picture book), I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and Azzi in Between by Sarah Garlan (graphic novel).

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66