Book review by Jan Carr, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Harrowing page-turner sheds light on child refugees.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 50 reviews

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age 15+

Way too traumatic and violent for tweens and early teens

Graphic descriptions of horrific abuse, violence and trauma. Totally inappropriate for tweens. Proceed with caution even with older children.
age 9+
When i read the book to my kids i did not notice any bad words. This book will give your kids the perspective of refugees. I think its very important to learn the journeys some refugees take to be safe. It would also make your kids more grateful. One of my kid said " Mom i'm grateful for everything i have and i'm happy we live in a safe country" It made my day!

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For kids who love immigrant stories and tales that teach empathy

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