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“[An] unforgettable novel that brings readers face to face with the global refugee crisis…” –Kirkus Reviews

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

Written by Atia Abawi
Published by Penguin Group

Narrated by Destiny, this heartbreaking and timely story of refugees escaping from war-torn Syria is masterfully told by a foreign news correspondent who experienced the crisis firsthand. In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family…until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future. In the wake of destruction, he’s threatened by Daesh fighters and witnesses a public beheading. Tareq’s family knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey. But while this is one family’s story, it is also the timeless tale of all wars, of all tragedy, and of all strife. When you are a refugee, success is outliving your loss. Destiny narrates this heartbreaking story of the consequences of war, showing the Syrian conflict as part of a long chain of struggles spanning through time. An award-winning author and journalist and a refugee herself Atia Abawi captures the hope that spurs people forward against all odds and the love that makes that hope grow.

Primary ISBN: 9780399546839

Available As: Hardcover, Paperback
Middle Grade, Age 12 or older

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Setting: Syria, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Germany

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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