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We came here on a boat. Our trip took so long, sometimes I wondered if I would ever walk on grass again. A brave little girl and her mother escape a war-torn land. On the difficult sea voyage there is little to eat, but there is abundant love and caring. Her adopted country offers a safe place to live, a new school, and supportive friends. There are also hurtful labels, flashbacks, and the ever-present ache of a missing father. Over time there's a new job for her mother, time for play, music-- even dancing!-- and hope for the future. At the story's end a joyous reunion rewards this remarkable little girl's strength and belief that everything will be okay.
Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada Ltd., 2017
ISBN: 9781443157308
Branch Call Number: J+FIC
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Swan, Owen (Illustrator)


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A young girl tells readers she is called "an asylum seeker, but that's not my name." Simple prose and gentle but haunting illustrations help tell her story of escape and eventual safety. She misses her father though and her eventual reunion with him is joyful.

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forbesrachel Apr 16, 2017

With the line "I'm called an asylum seeker, but that's not my name", you immediately know that Out is a story that attempts to humanize refugees. Too often these people are just seen as a number. Oddly enough, we never learn the name of the little girl who narrates the book. We just know that she came from a war torn country with her mother, lives with a kind woman named Sahraya who also arrived on the same boat, and that her father is missing. For the most part, the little girl happily enjoys her new life, her school, and friends, but some trauma still exists. Danger is spoken about in the text, but only implied in the illustrations, and the tone speaks less to the sad past, and more to the better future... that their new home will be a safe place, and that families will be reunited. Some of the culture and language acclimation is addressed, but again does so with optimism. This feel is further supported by the art with its soft pencils, hues, and cream backgrounds. Life moves on even when atrocities happen, and while this book does not reflect the darker shades of a refugee's reality, it does so because the creators have different purposes in mind... to humanize and deliver hope.

Apr 03, 2017

A simple graphic story about refugees starting life in a new country after arriving by boat. Books like this one are extremely important nowadays and they have to be read and spread.

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