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No Safe Place

by Deborah Ellis

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emigration & immigration, prejudice & racism
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published: Sep 2010
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Description

Finalist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award

Orphaned and plagued with the grief of losing everyone he loves, fifteen-year-old Abdul has made a long, fraught journey from his war-torn home in Baghdad, only to end up in The Jungle -- the squalid, makeshift migrant community in Calais.

When an altercation at the soup kitchen ends up with him accidently stabbing a policeman, Abdul has to flee, and in desperation he takes a spot in a small boat heading to England. A sudden skirmish leaves the boat stalled in the middle of the Channel, the pilot dead, and four young people remaining -- Abdul; Rosalia, a Romani girl who has escaped from the white slave trade; Cheslav, gone AWOL from a Russian military school; and Jonah, the boat pilot's ten-year-old nephew.

The four of them end up hijacking a yacht and, despite their fear and mistrust, they form a kind of makeshift family. And as the authorities close in on them, they find refuge in an unusual place -- a child's secret cave on the English coast.

About the Author

Deborah Ellis

DEBORAH ELLIS is the award-winning author of several books for kids and teens. She is best known for her novel The Breadwinner, which she wrote following her work at refugee camps in Afghanistan. She has also written on other serious issues affecting young people around the world, including drug use, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and war.

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Contributor Notes

Deborah Ellis has won the Governor General’s Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the University of California’s Middle East Book Award, Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She is a member of the Order of Canada and has been named to the Order of Ontario.

She is best known for her Breadwinner Trilogy, set in Afghanistan and Pakistan — a series that has been published in twenty-five languages, with $2 million in royalties donated to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International.

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Awards
  • Short-listed, SYRCA Snow Willow Award
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Commended, Resource Links' Year's Best
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets
Editorial Reviews

What the best literature for young readers can be-simple, elegant language crafted to tell a story as full and rich as life itself. Eminently memorable.

— Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

This novel moves fast and furiously...exciting and moving.

— School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Flashbacks involving the effects of war and poverty on communities and families drive this fast-paced and heart-wrenching narrative, which deals honestly with countless harsh realities.

— Publishers Weekly Online

Ellis' young readers love her because she speaks to them as intelligent, empathetic beings who will soon have agency in the world, and in No Safe Place, this gift is still powerfully evident.

— Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

Flashbacks to each character's personal story are interwoven with the present-tense violence, prejudice, kindness, and community that the young characters find on their journey.

— Booklist

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No Safe Place

Abdul, Rosalia and Cheslav are all young migrants who make the heart-wrenching decision to flee their homelands to seek a better and safer life. Their separate lonely and dangerous journeys have brought them to the north coast of France where they find one another. Needing to cross the English Channel, they enlist the help of an untrustworthy smuggler, which may result in their undoing.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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