Written by Zoulfa Katouh
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Salama Kassab was a pharmacy student when the cries for freedom broke out in Syria. She still had her parents and her big brother; she still had her home. She had a normal teenager’s life.
Now Salama volunteers at a hospital in Homs, helping the wounded who flood through the doors daily. Secretly, though, she is desperate to find a way out of her beloved country before her sister-in-law, Layla, gives birth. So desperate, that she has manifested a physical embodiment of her fear in the form of her imagined companion, Khawf, who haunts her every move in an effort to keep her safe.
But even with Khawf pressing her to leave, Salama is torn between her loyalty to her country and her conviction to survive. Salama must contend with bullets and bombs, military assaults, and her shifting sense of morality before she might finally breathe free. And when she crosses paths with the boy she was supposed to meet one fateful day, she starts to doubt her resolve in leaving home at all.
Soon, Salama must learn to see the events around her for what they truly are—not a war, but a revolution—and decide how she, too, will cry for Syria’s freedom.
Primary ISBN: 9780316351379
Available As: Hardcover
Young Adult, Age 14 or older
Community Represented: Syrian/Syrian American
Themes: Human Rights Violation: Child Labor, Human Rights Violation: Child Soldiers, Loss of Childhood, Mental Health, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict, Trauma & Healing: Death of Family or Friend
Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: In Home Country
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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