Parents' Guide to

Escape from Aleppo

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Gripping, moving tale of Syrian teen fleeing war-torn city.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Nonstop excitement and a window into the Syrian Conflict but intense themes a bit much for under 12

As a former elementary school teacher, the vocab is a bit much for reluctant readers; great story telling and a real page turner but a bit choppy for read-aloud. Highly recommend reading with your child and explaining as they ask questions. Intense.

This title has:

Educational value
age 12+

Over Intense topics but has a good message

I read this book while driving in my van to my second ever solo band gig and it is educational but the violence is more attuned to slightly older kids.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

N.H. Senzai's tale of a teen fleeing Syria in 2013 offers plenty of heart, courage, and poignant moments conveying what it's like to have your life completely destroyed by forces beyond your control. Some readers will be fascinated by the wealth of history, culture, and in-depth discussion of how the Arab Spring unfolded across the Middle East, while others may be a bit overwhelmed. With an appealing heroine (and her cat) and a lot of positive messages about family, courage, and kindness, Escape from Aleppo is a good bet for kids who like current events and multicultural stories -- and also fans of dystopian stories, with its setting to rival postapocalyptic landscapes.

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