Samira is a believable character and I enjoyed the many details of her daily life, the vivid setting and emotional power of the story. The map at the front showing the route the children travelled was a helpful addition.
Give this to readers in Grade 4 - 8 who are interested in the lives of young people in other parts of the world. Similar titles: The Breadwinner trilogy (Deborah Ellis); Libertad (Alma Fullerton); and Iqbal (Francesco D'Adamo).
Celia Barker Lottridge will be reading from this book on June 13th in Edmonton.