Azzi and her parents need to flee their country in order to escape the impending threat of war. They need to leave before the battle ground begins to swallow up their neighbourhood. Azzi and parents embark on a perilous journey across land and sea.
The story goes on to demonstrate the difficulties and challenges Azzi faces when adapting to her new surroundings. When she starts her new school she must learn a new language and to make new friends. This is all made harder knowing that her Grandma has been left behind and Azzi misses her terribly.
Sarah Garland, the author and illustrator of the book, has drawn on her own personal experiences – working among refugee families. Sarah Garland has created a picture book with a narrative of current affairs that is not often told sympathetically by our media. The book presents the reader with a window into the life of a refugee family – or, perhaps more importantly, it may present the reader with a mirror, that reflects back a character who they can relate to on a personal level.
This is an important book and one I look forward to sharing with my classes at school.
Azzi in Between is endorsed by Amnesty International.
Published by Frances Lincoln