Written by Ele Fountain
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
A young refugee crosses continents in this timely, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting novel of survival.
Shif has a happy life, unfamiliar with the horrors of his country’s regime. He is one of the smartest boys in school, and feels safe and loved in the home he shares with his mother and little sister, right next door to his best friend. But the day that soldiers arrive at his door, Shif knows that he will never be safe again–his only choice is to run. Facing both unthinkable cruelty and boundless kindness, Shif bravely makes his way towards a future he can barely imagine.
Based on real experiences and written in spare, powerful prose, this gripping debut illustrates the realities faced by countless young refugees across the world today. Refugee 87 is a story of friendship, kindness, hardship, survival, and — above all — hope.
Primary ISBN: 9780316423038
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook
Middle Grade, Age 10 or older
Community Represented: Unspecified (African)
Themes: Family Separation: By Detention, Family Separation: On Journey, Loss of Childhood, Refugee Journey, Refugee: Persecution
Setting: Unspecified (Africa)
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee
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