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Topic : "Displacement"

Refugees/asylum seekers/displaced people

Total Results : 79

Image currently unavailable 21169 : Ali's story by Glynne, Andy & Maldonado, Salvador (ill)
Ten year old Ali is a refugee. Accompanied by his grandmother, Ali had to flee his home country of Afghanistan to avoid the conflicts caused by war. In his own words, Ali documents his feelings of alienation, separation and suffering, and the thread of hope that helped him overcome his ordeal.
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3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 2335 : Amina: through my eyes by Powers, J L & White, Lyn (ed)
Amina lives with her family in Somalia, a country that has endured drought and civil war for decades. Amina's father is betrayed and arrested. His artwork is seen as 'un-Islamic' and Amina no longer knows who she can trust. Food is scarce, her mother is pregnant and her grandmother ill. Amina must find a way to survive.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 8120 : Arrival, The by Tan, Shaun
The Arrival gives us great insight into the process of leaving your homeland and trying to find a new place in the world. The journey can be frightening, inspiring and emotional for all displaced persons. Many stories are told through Tan's illustrations.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 20252 : Ash princess by Sebastian, Laura
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess - a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner. For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside. Then, one night the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.
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7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5168 : Beautiful mess by Christian, Claire
Since Ava lost Kelly, things haven't been going so well. Even before she gets thrown out of school for shouting at the principal, there's the simmering rage and all the weird destructive choices. The only thing going right for Ava is her job at Magic Kebab. Which is where she meets Gideon. Skinny, shy, anxious Gideon. A mad poet and collector of vinyl records with an aversion to social media. He lives in his head. She lives in her grief. The only people who can help them move on with their lives are each other. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5757 : Beauty is in the walking, The by Moloney, James
Everyone thinks they know what Jacob O'Leary can and can't do, and they're not shy about telling him either. But, no one, not even Jacob, knows what he's truly capable of. When a shocking and mystifying crime leaves his small country town reeling, and fingers start pointing at a young Muslim boy at his school, Jacob is convinced the police have accused the wrong guy. He's determined to prove it, and himself, to everyone. Challenging book; usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 3296 : Before you forget by Lawrinson, Julia
Year Twelve is not off to a good start for Amelia. Art is her world, but her art teacher hates everything she does; her best friend has stopped talking to her; her mother and father may as well be living in separate houses; and her father is slowly forgetting everything. Even Amelia. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 23206 : Bone sparrow, The by Fraillon, Zana
Ten year old Subhi is a Rohingya asylum seeker, born in an Australian permanent detention centre, Life behind the fences is all he has ever known and Subhi needs the stories of others to build memories. One night, Jimmie appears from the other side of the wires, bringing a bone sparrow necklace and a notebook, written by her dead mother. As their tales unfold, Subhi and Jimmie might find a way to freedom but not until each of them has been braver than ever before. Some violence. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 77323 : Book thief, The by Zusak, Markus
It is 1939 in Nazi Germany. Death has never been busier and will become busier still. Liesel has just buried her brother when she picks up a book, partially hidden in the snow by his graveside. This is her first act of book thievery and the beginning of a love affair with books and words. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish man in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up and closed down. A sombre theme that includes some violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 7345 : Boy with two lives, The by Kazerooni, Abbas
Having fled conscription and survived time alone in Istanbul, ten year old Abbas arrives in England to start a new life. His troubles have only just begun. Abbas' violent cousin sends him to boarding school, where he blossoms. But, Abbas is threatened with deportation and forced to work at night to repay his cousin. At thirteen, Abbas is homeless. But, he is determined to survive and continue his education. Based on true events.
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7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 6276 : Bridget, a new Australian by Moloney, James
During the Irish potato famine, Bridget's family has been turned out of their home and their only refuge is the workhouse, where living conditions are hard and the food sparse. For Bridget and her sister, Maeve, their one chance is to take a ship to a new country and become Australians. They must survive the journey then face the many challenges that await them in a new, far away land.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 4585 : Bro by Chebatte, Helen
What happens when you mix teenage boys, a fight club and ethnic rivalries? You get war. Romeo Makhlouf knows the rules. Stick with your own kind. Don't dob on your mates or your enemies. Respect the family. But even unwritten rules are made for breaking. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5305 : Care and feeding of a pet black hole, The by Cuevas, Michelle
Stella Rodriguez learns the hard way that caring for a black hole can be a rather complicated thing. They are fantastic at swallowing stuff - all the stuff she no longer wants around, like scratchy sweaters and her brother Cosmo's annoying toy. More importantly Stella finds that she can get rid of other things, things that remind her of her dad, who died recently, things that remind her to be sad. It's gets even more interesting when the black hole accidentally swallows something far too precious to lose and Stella has to go deep inside on an epic, interstellar adventure to save her whole world. Who knew that have a pet black hole could be so much trouble?
Topics / Displacement /
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 569144 : Cicada by Tan, Shaun
Cicada tell story. Story good. Story simple. Story even human can understand. Tok Tok Tok!
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 8621 : Close to the wind by Walter, Jon
A war torn country, a town that is burning. Ten year old Malik's mother has been missing for days, his home has become unrecognisable and the grandfather he hardly knows is insisting they leave on the final ship, to a country promising safety and a new life. When Papa meets two old friends, he makes a deal that could save them. But, this is only the beginning of the journey for Malik. If he is to escape, he will need all his courage, his sense of right and wrong, and a magic trick that he must practice until it's perfect.
Topics / Displacement /
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 7320 : Eleanor and Park by Rowell, Rainbow
Eleanor is new in town. And she stands out instead of fitting in, with her mismatched clothes, her wild red hair and her chaotic home life. The day she sits in the seat next to Park on the bus, impossibly cool Park, she starts to learn what it means to fall in love. Set over the course of one school year, Eleanor and Park fall in love thanks to late-night conversations and a stack of mix tapes. They have nothing and everything to lose. They are more real than any other character you will ever meet. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
Topics / Displacement /
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 11011 : Emilio: through my eyes by Masson, Sophie & White, Lyn (ed)
For Emilio Garcia Lopez, it's an ordinary school day in Mexico City. But, when his police-officer cousin arrives, flanked by a tall man in the uniform of the Federal Police, Emilio's long nightmare begins. Emilio's mother has been kidnapped in broad daylight by unidentified criminals, who appear to know a great deal about her business and who have mistaken her for a wealthy businesswoman.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 35567 : Exchange of heart by Groth, Darren
Since the death of his sister, Evie, Munro Maddux has been stuck. Flashbacks. Anger. Chest pains. A constant ache in his right hand. And a taunting voice he calls the Coyote. In an act of desperation, Munro heads off on a student exchange to Australia - the country of Evie's dreams. Forced by his new school to join a volunteer program, Munro discovers the Coyote is silenced in one place: Fair Go, an assisted-living residence in Brisbane's west. Munro gets to know his team of residents: designer Bernie; sleeping refugee Shah; would-be wedded couple Blake and Dale; comic creator Iggy; and self-defence tutor Florence. As this unlikely group shows Munro the sights, Munro's notion of what it means to be a big brother begins to change. But the burden Munro carries is not so easily cast aside. Will the Coyote triumph? Or can Munro find the fortitude necessary to mend his heart? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
Topics / Displacement /
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 3184 : Feathers by Cummings, Phil & Lesnie, Phil (ill)
The sandpiper stretched its wings in the chilling breeze. It knew it was time to leave...so it took flight. Follow the feathers as they fall along this exquisite journey of heartache, hope and home.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 35563 : Fighting stingrays, The by Mitchell, Simon
Charlie, Masa and Alf are best mates - loyal and adventurous. They're the Fighting Stingrays. In between school, swimming and fishing on idyllic Thursday Island, they have a ripper time role-playing bombing missions and other war games. But when Japan enters World War II, the Fighting Stingrays are told that one of their own is now the real-life enemy. Drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse in the Torres Strait, their friendship and loyalties are tested as the threat of invasion looms closer.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5907 : Flight by Wheatley, Nadia & Greder, Armin (ill)
Tonight is the night. The family has to flee. Set in biblical times, a small family sets off across a desert in search of refuge from persecution in their own country. Beset by heat and thirst, and threatening tanks, they travel towards a refugee camp and safety, while they wait for asylum in another country. An ancient story becomes a fable for our times.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12013 : Frieda, a new Australian by Musgrove, Marianne
Frieda, her sickly mother and her father travel from Germany to Australia, looking for a better life. Nervous and excited about Adelaide, a drought-stricken town with hordes of flies and barefoot children, Frieda is keen to make friends. But, as the First World War takes hold, the Germans are now seen as the enemy. Rumours begin to circulate that Frieda's father is a spy. Frieda has her own battles to fight. She begins to wonder whether she should change her name and hide all trace of her culture.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 31353 : Hamid's story by Glynne, Andy & Senior, Tom (ill)
With his mother, ten year old Hamid flees Eritrea to escape the war and the government threats to his family. In his own words, Hamid reveals the hardships and suffering experienced by refugees, trying to rebuild their lives. With little understanding of the language and culture in a new country, Hamid's life is very challenging. Even when things start to get easier, the horrors of the war are never far from his thoughts.
Topics / Displacement /
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 11994 : Happiest refugee, The by Do, Anh
Anh Do, comedian and television personality, arrived in Australia as a baby in a boat full of desperate family members who suffered the perils of the sea. A mother's sacrifice, a father's heroism and their adventures in a new land are inspiring. Some strong language used in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 57007 : Hate is such a strong word by Ayoub, Sarah
Seventeen-year-old Sophie hates Monday mornings, socks worn with sandals, and having to strategise like she's a battle sergeant every time she asks her parents if she can go out. But she especially hates being stereotyped because she's Lebanese. When New Guy, Shehadie Goldsmith, is alienated at her Lebanese school because his dad's Australian, she hates the way it makes her feel. Like she's just as prejudiced as everyone else. Like she could make a difference if she stopped pretending she's invisible. Like the attraction between them might be too strong to fight... But hate is such a strong word... Can Sophie find the strength to speak out - even if it means going against everything she's been brought up to believe? Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 37948 : Hope in a ballet shoe by DePrince, Michaela & Elaine
Michaela DePrince grew up in war-torn Sierra Leone, witnessing shocking atrocities. When her father is killed and her mother dies of famine, Michaela is sent to an orphanage. She is adopted by an American couple but life isn't without difficulties. When Michaela begins ballet lessons, she faces racism and prejudice, and has to fight for a place amongst the ballet elite to become an international ballet star.
Topics / Displacement /
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5468 : I'm a duck by Bunting, Eve & Hillenbrand, Will (ill)
Now I'm a duck who's scared to go in the pond or lake, and so I cannot swim, and that is bad. A landlocked duck is very sad. Sometimes it takes a lot to get your webbed feet wet!
Topics / Displacement /
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 3841 : I'm Australian too by Fox, Mem & Ghosh, Ronojoy (ill)
From countries near and far, many have made their home in Australia, sharing it with the original inhabitants, and living in peace beneath the southern stars.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 2930 : Journey, The by Sanna, Francesca
To escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war, a family leaves their home and everything they know to embark on a very long journey,
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5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 10540 : Juliane's story by Glynne, Andy & Hammond, Karl (ill)
Juliane is a twelve year old refugee. At the age of three, she was separated from her mother due to the conflicts n her home country of Zimbabwe. In her own words, Juliane describes the distress and isolation she felt while growing up in an African orphanage. An incredible chance meeting with her mother reunited the two of them. They applied for political asylum and were finally able to re-establish a life together in their new host country.
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3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 14534 : Kerenza, a new Australian by Hawke, Rosanne
In 1911, Kerenza's da (father) can no longer get work as a miner in Cornwall. She doesn't want to leave her village and take a ship to Australia but Kerenza can be brave for her dad's sake. Where he sees a farm, Kerenza and her Mam see endless mallee scrub, flies and hard work. It's almost too much to bear but the Mallee has its own beauty, and family and new-found friends might just make it her home.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5330 : Last days of us, The by Nicholas, Beck
Six months ago, Zoey's life went off the rails. After the tragic loss of her brother, she partied her way to oblivion, estranged her best friend, Cass, and pushed away her now ex, Finn. But when her destructive behaviour reaches dangerous heights, Zoey realises she needs to pull herself together and get her old life back, including her ex. There's just one complication: Finn is now dating Cass. Now, it's the last week of summer and Zoey, Cass and Finn are setting out on the road trip of a lifetime to see their favourite musician, Gray, perform live, joined by Finn's infuriatingly attractive bad-boy cousin Luc and his vibrant younger sister Jolie. Zoey thinks this is her chance to put things to rights and convince Finn they should get back together. But she wasn't counting on her friends' lingering resentment, Luc's disarming sincerity, and Jolie's infectious love for life to turn her plans upside down. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 22106 : Little refugee, The by Do, Anh & Do, Suzanne & Whatley, Bruce (ill)
The author and his family nearly didn't make it to Australia. They escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat, surviving a dangerous journey, with murderous pirates and terrifying storms. Life in suburban Australia was also hard for a small boy with no English and funny lunches. But, there was a loving extended family, lots of friends and always something to laugh about.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 30678 : Lizzie and Margaret Rose by Rushby, Pamela
In 1940, bombs are falling in London. Ten year old Margaret Rose survives a deadly raid but her family and home are destroyed. In faraway Townsville in Queensland, Margaret's aunt is ready to take her in but her cousin, Lizzie, is not so sure and certainly doesn't want to share her room. But, first, Margaret Rose must undertake a long and dangerous voyage to a strange country, also at war. She knows it's not going to be easy, and Lizzie's not about to make it any easier.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 40570 : Long walk to water, A by Park, Linda Sue
Based on a true story, this is a dual narrative about the harsh realities of life in Sudan. Nya's story relates to her daily struggle for water and survival. Salva's journey spans fifteen years after rebels attack his village and he is forced to flee into the bush to avoid being recruited. He joins hundreds of displaced people heading for a refugee camp in Ethiopia, all the while searching for his family.
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Image currently unavailable 15603 : Love, Simon by Albertalli, Becky
16year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn't play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone's business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing, will be compromised. With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon's junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out - without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met. Also published under the title "Simon vs the homosapiens agenda".
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 45876 : Malini: through my eyes by Hillman, Robert & White, Lyn (ed)
In the closing, catastrophic stages of Sri Lanka's civil war, Malini and her sister are separated from their parents, who are forced to act as human shields. Malini and Banni travel inland, through jungles and unsafe territories, seeking refuge with their grandfather in his village.They will need to stay alert for soldiers from all sides and work out who to trust.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 2880 : Mate and me by Loakes, Jennifer & Elliot, Belinda (ill)
Two families have moved in, one upstairs and one downstairs.The boy from upstairs plays in the yard but he is shy and doesn't join in my games. The family downstairs is a secret family and no one knows where they came from. When the downstairs family disappears, a strange note is found and a trail of silver treasures leads out of the garage.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 43484 : Moonrise by Crossan, Sarah
Joe hasn't seen his brother for ten years and it's for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row. Now Ed's execution date has been set and this might be the last summer they have together. A novel that uses the beauty of lyrical verse to represent the ethical issues surrounding an ugly part of the American justice system but more importantly it is a story about knowing who someone is beyond the public perception of their guilt. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 46962 : My Australian story: Escape from Cockatoo Island by Poshoglian, Yvette
It is 1879 and life in the Biloela Industrial School is tough for eleven year old Olivia Markham. Her windswept days are filled with sewing, washing and avoiding the girls from the Reformatory School. Sydney is rapidly growing and modernising but Olivia can only imagine what life is like beyond the shores of Cockatoo Island. She dreams of freedom, friendship and, above all, family.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 25771 : My Australian story: Marathon of her own, A by Savvides, Irini
Times are tough in Crete and Sophia's father has decided to make a fresh start in Melbourne. Sophia struggles to learn English and to get used to the strange new customs. No matter how hard she tries, no-one at school wants to make friends with a foreigner. Then, her talent for running starts to make a difference. With Olympic fever gripping Melbourne, Sophia's courage and determination is rewarded in unexpected ways, and the 1956 Olympic Games surprises everyone.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 58992 : My Australian story: Refugee, the diary of Ali Ismail, Woomera, 2001-2002 by Sunderland, Alan
The Taliban in Afghanistan are seeking out young boys to become fighters. Fourteen year old Ali is smuggled out on a small boat. After a gruelling journey, Ali is rescued and transferred to Woomera Detention Centre in the Australian desert.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 2749 : My Chinatown by Mak, Kam
Chinatown in New York is a place of dragons, dreams, memories, fireworks and delicious food on every corner.
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K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 39062 : My two blankets by Kobald, Irena & Blackwood, Freya (ill)
A young girl leaves her war-ravaged homeland and arrives in Australia. Everything looks and sounds strange, even the wind. She doesn't speak the language and feels intimidated and lonely. To cope, the girl wraps herself in a beloved blanket and takes comfort in the memories of her homeland. One day at the park, a local girl smiles and waves at her.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5564 : Naveed: through my eyes by Heffernan, John & White, Lyn (ed)
Naveed is sick of war. The foreign powers and the Taliban, the warlords and the drug barons have torn Afghanistan apart. He has had to grow up quickly to care for his widowed mother and young sister, making little money from odd jobs and selling at the markets. When Naveed adopts Nasera, a street dog with extraordinary abilities, he has a chance to help rebuild his country.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 6924 : Navid's story by Glynne, Andy &Topf, Jonathan (ill)
When Navid was four years old, his father's life was in danger so he fled their home in Iran to the United Kingdom. A couple of years later, when Navid and his mother followed him, it was strange to be reunited with father as so much had changed. In his own words, Navid describes why he had to leave, his long journey as a refugee and his struggle to adapt to life in another country.
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3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 4759 : New boy by Earls, Nick
Adjusting to a new country and a new school was never going to be easy for Herschelle. It's so different to South Africa. The food is strange and, worst of all, no one understands the Aussie slang that he's learnt on the web. But, it's the similarities that make things really hard. Herschelle will have to confront racism, bullying and his own past before Australia can feel like home.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 1104 : No safe place by Ellis, Deborah
Three teenagers flee their homes for different reasons and are desperate to get to England. They entrust their lives to a people smuggler and quickly learn that he can't be trusted. Follow each of their journeys as they seek asylum. Based on the true experiences of children caught up in the refugee jungle of Calais and striving to find a place for themselves in the world. Includes adult themes and violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
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7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 19277 : On two feet and wings by Kazerooni, Abbas
It is the time of the Iran Iraq war and nine year old Abbas must urgently leave Tehran, because the army has lowered the recruiting age to eight. With his parents forced to remain in Iran, Abbas is alone in Istanbul, with minimal funds and no Turkish language, waiting for a visa to England. He relies on his intelligence, gut instincts and resilience to survive his dire circumstances. A memoir.
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7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 1905 : One thousand hills by Roy, James & Zihabamwe, Noel
Agabande, Rwanda, April 1994. Pascal and the children in his small village play with the toys they make, go to school and church, and do their chores. But, there are whispers and looks, messages of hate on the radio, and people are leaving. Pascal's simple but happy world is about to change forever. As a ten year old, co-author Noel Zihabamwe actually lived through these atrocities.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 35568 : Opposite Land by Hamlyn, Charlotte Rose
Welcome to Opposite Land - where socks wear feet, broccoli is meat, behind is ahead, and people poop from their head! After the worst day ever, Steve discovers a strange book written upside down and back to front. That night, when its words become mysteriously clear and Steve begins to read them, she's transported to the topsy-turvy world in the book - Opposite Land. In this extraordinarily peculiar place, roads float in mid-air, people live in giant snail shells and monsters are made of pasta!
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 2903 : Out by George, Angela May & Swan, Owen (ill)
I'm called an asylum seeker but that's not my name. A little girl and her mother have fled their homeland, making the long and treacherous journey by boat to seek asylum and a new beginning.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9242 : Parvana's journey by Ellis, Deborah
The gripping story of a young girl's journey in search of her family somewhere in war-ravaged Afghanistan, and of her courage and compassion in the face of many shocking hardships along the way. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
Topics / Displacement /
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 39693 : Peter in peril by Bate, Helen
Peter is just an ordinary boy, who loves playing football with his friends and eating cake. But, when war comes to his city, Budapest, Peter and his family have to go into hiding.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 4131 : Rachel's story by Glynne, Andy & Maldonado, Salvador (ill)
Rachel is thirteen and a refugee. With her family, she flees her home country to escape the persecution they suffer as Christians living in a predominantly Muslim country. In her own words, Rachel describes the hostility and rejection of their community, as well as the courage and resilience they show in the face of immigration authorities, detention centres, and deportation. She shares the problems and challenges of settling in their new country.
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3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 3064 : Red pencil, The by Davis Pinkey, Andrea & Evans, Shane W (ill)
Twelve year old Amira's dream is to go to school. But, life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the terrifying Janjaweed militia arrives. They burn her village and unleash unspeakable horrors. Amira needs to find the strength to make the long journey, on foot, to a refugee camp. Life is tough at the camp until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind and all kinds of possibilities. Verse novel about real events.
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5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 29848 : Reena's rainbow by White, Dee & Grimwood, Tracie (ill)
Reena is deaf and Dog is homeless. Sometimes neither of them feels as if they quite fit in. But when Reena and Dog form a unique bond, it's not long before everyone finds out just how special they are.
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K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 2769 : Road to winter, The by Smith, Mark
Since a deadly virus and the ensuing violence wiped out his parents and his community, Finn and his loyal dog have survived two winters on the rugged coast. He avoids the Wilders, a dangerous gang, led by the ruthless Ramage. But, when Rose runs onto the beach, she needs Finn's help. She is a Siley, an asylum seeker, who has escaped from Ramage. Rose is desperate and sick, and her younger sister is still missing in the bush. Ramage wants them back, at any cost. Challenging read. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5552 : Room on our rock by Temple, Kate & Temple, Jol & Baynton, Terri Rose (ill)
Two seals are perched on a rock. When others need shelter, do they share it?
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 47694 : Shadow by Morpurgo, Michael & Birmingham, Christian (ill)
This story is based on two real life events. Never have Aman and his mother needed a friend more than when a Springer Spaniel appears, thin and war-ravaged, in the mouth of their Afghan cave. Nursed back to health by Aman, the dog becomes a constant companion, a shadow. But, as life in war-torn Afghanistan becomes more dangerous, Aman, his mother and Shadow embark upon the treacherous journey from Afghanistan to a relative's home in Manchester, England, where they hope to be safe.
Topics / Displacement /
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 1231 : Shahana: through my eyes by Hawke, Rosanne & White, Lyn (ed)
Shahana is almost fourteen and has not known a life of peace. She lives near the Line of Control, the border, patrolled by Pakistani and Indian soldiers, that divides Kashmir.Her parents are dead and Shahana must leave school to look after her younger brother and grandfather. 'Freedom fighters' from both sides roam, looking for food, children to recruit and worse. And, other dangers lurk from within her own community.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 13271 : Shauzia by Ellis, Deborah
Shauzia is a teenage girl living in a refugee camp on the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan. She dreams of going to France to meet her friend, Parvana. Shauzia runs away from the camp and her journey is fraught with difficulties and dangers.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 6653 : Sian, a new Australian by Luckett, D
Sian is the unlucky, thirteenth child in a Welsh coalminer's family. Life is hard. Her mother died after giving birth to her and her father is grief-stricken. Sian's sister hatches a plan for a better life. It will involve a long ocean voyage but Sian is looking forward to a country where the sun shines and she can go to school, instead of picking coal scraps for pennies. The only problem is, no one must know about their journey.
Topics / Displacement /
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 3122 : Soon by Gleitzman, Morris
At the end of the Second World War, Felix struggles to survive in Soviet controlled Poland. He must try to find basic necessities, such as shelter and food, and stay safe from the gangs of youths intent upon ridding Poland of the destitute Jews and Slavs, people who have come to seek refuge. Felix perseveres, always looking for the light at the end of the very dark tunnel and for justice to prevail.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 4679 : Stars at Oktober Bend, The by Millard, Glenda
Alice has been twelve for a long time. Ever since she was assaulted, something inside her is broken. She has acquired brain injury and her words are slow and slurred. Alice writes poems to express what she can't say and leaves them in unexpected places for others to read. Sixteen year old Manny, once a child soldier back in his country, appears to be adapting to his new life. He has a poem and knows it off by heart. Alice and Manny weren't meant to meet each other. Mature read. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 4132 : Stepping stones: A refugee family's journey by Ruurs, Margariet & Badr, Nizar Ali (ill)
War is coming closer to Rama's village in Syria. Her family have stayed, not wanting to leave but now there's not enough food and the bombs are falling near their village. The family make the decision to leave but now they are faced with the dangers of travelling to a new country.
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Image currently unavailable 34682 : Story like the wind, A by Lewis, Gill
A small boat drifts on the sea. Far from home, the people inside have lost everything. But at their boat spins slowly on the rising sea, they share a song and a story. A song that keeps their hope alive in their hearts. A song of freedom and a story like the wind.
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Image currently unavailable 5347 : Summerlost by Condie, Ally
It's the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar's father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what's left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They're just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar.
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Image currently unavailable 3027 : Teacup by Young, Rebecca & Ottley, Matt (ill)
Once there was a boy who had to leave home and find another one. Among his possessions was a teacup, holding earth from where he used to play.
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During the war, Teresa and her family survived the bombing of their home and went hungry during the long siege of their island. But, life in peace time is still hard. Her parents want a better life and apply to migrate to Australia. But, after the long voyage to Sydney, there are more testing times ahead for Teresa as she tries to learn Australian ways, avoid the bullies and do well at school. She is not about to let anything stop her from making her family and her nanna, back in Malta, proud of her.
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Image currently unavailable 5425 : This mortal coil by Suvada, Emily
When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta's death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world's leading geneticist, and humanity's best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole's genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine. Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organisation with a stranglehold on the world's genetic tech. But it's too late to turn back. There are three billion lives at stake, two people who can save them, and one final secret that Cat must unlock. A secret that will change everything. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
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Image currently unavailable 6076 : Truth about Peacock Blue, The by Hawke, Rosanne
When Aster's brother dies, everything changes. Instead of marriage, she is sent to the high school in her brother's place. Aster is excited but, as a Christian, she is unprepared for the difficulties of attending a Muslim school in Pakistan. When Aster is accused of blasphemy, she is taken to jail. A social justice lawyer defends her and Aster's cousin starts an online campaign to free her. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
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Image currently unavailable 24958 : War that saved my life, The by Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
Nine year old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted, club foot to let her outside. So, when Ada's little brother, Jamie, is shipped out of London to avoid the war, she escapes to join him. A new adventure begins for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman forced to take them in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan. And, Susan begins to love them both. But, wartime and Ada's cruel mother threaten the growing bond.
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Image currently unavailable 21206 : Waves by Rawlins, Donna & Potter, Heather & Jackson, Mark (ill)
Every journey is perilous, every situation heartbreaking. Every refugee is a person forced by famine or war or fear to leave their home, their families, their friends and all they know. Children have travelled on the waves of migration to the shores of Australia for tens of thousands of years. This book tells some of their stories.
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Image currently unavailable 2345 : When Michael met Mina by Abdel-Fattah, Randa
When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees, standing on opposite sides. Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother, via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre. Michael's parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values. They want to stop the boats. Mina wants to stop the hate. Michael and Mina will need to overcome their differences to find some common ground. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
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Image currently unavailable 37649 : Wonderling, The by Bartok, Mira
Have you been unexpectedly burdened by a recently orphaned or unclaimed creature? Worry not! We have just the solution for you! Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music.
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Image currently unavailable 7340 : Yassmin's story by Abdel-Magied, Yassmin
At twenty-one, Yassmin worked on a remote Australian oil and gas rig. She was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese born Muslim woman. When she was two, Yassmin moved to Brisbane and has been tackling barriers ever since. She founded Youth Without Borders, helping young people to work for positive change in their communities. This is the story of how she got there, where she's going and how she wants the world to change. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
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Image currently unavailable 2857 : Yong: Journey of an unworthy son, The by Brian, Janeen
Thirteen year old Yong doesn't want to leave his home in China to travel to the Australian goldfields in Ballarat. But, as the firstborn son, he has no choice. On the long and treacherous journey, Yong strives to be an honourable son, while he and his father face many hardships and dangers. But, in his heart, Yong knows the shameful truth. His honour is a lie. Somehow, Yong must find the courage to face what lies ahead.
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Image currently unavailable 7749 : Zafir: through my eyes by Mason, Prue & White, Lyn (ed)
Zafir has a comfortable life in Syria with his doctor father and journalist mother. But, everything changes after the Day of Rage, when Zafir's father is arrested, his mother is injured and their house is bombed. Zafir's cousin takes him in but, that too, becomes dangerous as the city becomes more and more besieged. Zafir fears that his family may never be reunited to live in peace again.
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