Continuing our “Journeys” theme over on the PaperTigers website, our Book of the Month for May is the wonderful graphic novel for young readers and older, Azzi In Between by Sarah Garland (Frances Lincoln, 2012).
The cover image of a little girl clutching her teddy bear as she looks warily behind her while walking through a war-torn landscape sets the scene for what is to come, as Azzi and her family flee their unspecified Middle Eastern country and arrive as refugees in the Western city that will gradually become their home…the graphic format and the depth of this story aimed at young readers is also a quality read for older children through to adults…
You can read our full review here, and I also talk about it in my Personal View “Escaping Conflict, Seeking Peace: Picture books that relate refugee stories, and their importance“.
Azzi In Between is also one of the four books shortlisted for the recently inaugurated Little Rebels Children’s Book Award, given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers and administered by Letterbox Library. The difficult task of deciding the winning book falls to guest judges Wendy Cooling and Elizabeth Laird, and the announcement will be made next week on 11 May at the new ARB London Radical Bookfair. You can find out more about this exciting award here, and follow news on the award’s blog.