Four stars: Meltem’s childhood of snatched chances of a normal home and school life is retold clearly as if in her own voice, without a trace of resentment or self pity, by Anthony Robinson. Both his text and June Allan’s illustrations emphasise the strength that Meltem draws from family and friends as much as the ordeal that they have been through and, like the previous books, the story ends on a positive note, although it cannot do for all such families. The book succeeds in its encouragement of understanding and empathy for Meltem and other refugee children.( Books for Keeps)
Living as we do in a rich cultural mix of nationalities and cultures we often forget the hardship that many of our neighbours may have suffered on their journey to these shores. A very powerful and moving book, it tells the story of a Kurdish family who have arrived from Turkey... A harrowing tale, simply told and beautifully illustrated...it will act as a springboard and provide stimulus for discussion on the plight of refugees throughout the world.( School Librarian)
This account is ideal for children living in a politically stable society, to inform them about their less fortunate peers in other countries and about these people's search for freedom and stability.( Ibby Link)
Children could learn a lot about the plight of refugees and also better appreciate what it means to be free by reading this book. It really does make you think and empathise with the plight of others and promotes positive race relations.( English 4-11) Vom Verlag:
This fourth book in the Refugee Diary series follows a Kurdish family from Eastern Turkey. 13 year old Meltem tells the story of their journey to the UK, and the harrowing months waiting to find out if they can stay in Britain. Meltem encounters racism, her father goes missing and the family is sent to Yarl's Wood detention centre. But the end of the story is full of hope for the future, as the family is at last given permission to stay in the UK and Meltem starts a new school and makes friends.
A powerful addition to the acclaimed Refugee Diaries series. Other titles in the series include: Gervelie's Journey, Mohammed's Journey, Hamzat's Journey
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