The Ones That Disappeared by Zana Fraillon
  

The Ones That Disappeared

Written by Zana Fraillon

13+ readers   YA readers   Refugees   eBooks   eBooks   

RRP £7.99

Download an extract Share this book

The Lovereading4Kids comment

In a Nutshell: Trafficked children * Friendship and freedom * Sublime transformations

A poignant and poetic novel that gives voice to the oft-forgotten children imperiled to trafficking and slavery. Eleven-year-old Esra, storyteller Miran and six-year-old Isa have been enslaved by a gang. They’re locked in a room beneath the house and must tend to The Jungle. “The tattoo on my arm… says I am owned”, Esra explains, but she knows a different truth. She knows that no marks on her skin can say who she really is. “One day, I will be free”, she resolves even as she’s being beaten. There’s a chance to escape, but Miran is too injured to do so. “With our souls tied together, we won’t ever be apart”, he whispers before urging Esra to flee with Isa. While Miran is hospitalised and captured by the police, Esra struggles to keep up her spirits. Then she and Isa form a bond with a “strange” boy named Skeet and together they make a man from the mud of the river. When Riverman takes on a life of his own, he might just lead them to the freedom they’ve been seeking.

I adored the author’s previous novel, the hauntingly moving The Bone Sparrow, and this more than confirms her majestic writing skills, and a style that will surely be adored by fans of David Almond. By turns harrowing, heart-wrenching, and magical, this is an incredibly powerful - and incredibly important - novel. Joanne Owen

Synopsis

The Ones That Disappeared by Zana Fraillon

Some stories need to be told...A moving, beautifully-written and poignant novel about child trafficking and the search for freedom. Kept by a ruthless gang, three children manage to escape from slavery. But freedom isn't just waiting on the outside. Separated, scared and looking after a small child, Esra will do whatever she can to reunite with her friend Miran, who was captured by the police - the police who she mustn't trust. Hiding in the shadows of the forest, Esra is found by a local boy, a boy with his own story. Together they will create a man out of mud. A man who will come to life and lead them through a dark labyrinth of tunnels until they finally have the courage the step above ground. Until they finally have the courage to speak their story. Until they finally have the courage to be free.

A universally important and pertinant subject matter - the refugee crisis has continued to dominate global media.4.8 million Syrians are refugees, and half of those affected are children. The United Nations state that on average, a child is forced to flee his or her country in the Arab world every minute.

Reviews

Praise for The Bone Sparrow:

'The writing is beautiful and the message of survival and bravery a universal one' The Bookseller

'Think of it as a powerful polemic, yes, but also think of it as a story of the redeeming power of friendship and the vital nature of storytelling' The Bookbag

'Moving and memorable, The Bone Sparrow deserves to be read by all who care about our common humanity' - SF Said, judge of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016

'... a special book' - Morris Gleitzman, author of the acclaimed Once series

'A contender for the children's book of the year' - The Sunday Times

'Outstanding ... This is an important, heartbreaking book with frequent, unexpected humour, that everyone, whether teenager or adult, should read' - Guardian

About the Author

Zana Fraillon

Zana Fraillon lives in Victoria, Australia with her husband and three sons. She worked as a primary school teacher before having children, and has had picture books and middle grade fiction published in Australia.

More books by this author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Author

Zana Fraillon
More books by Zana Fraillon

Publisher

Orion Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

13th July 2017

ISBN

9781510101586

Categories


Lovereading4kids is great, we get books really early never late. We love to read and review, and think you would like it too. The excitement

Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 12

We love Lovereading4kids because it promotes reading choices, new authors and a sense of community for children of all ages!

Rachel Bridgeman

A great way to introduce kids to great books, authors & genres. Parents can find age-appropriate books to share with their children.

Judi Davies – Aberdare Girls Sch

I love finding new books to read. My mummy and me look at the new ones coming out. I have written reviews of some of them!

Jessica Cobbin – age 7

This company is amazing; not only is it is a great opportunity to get books and review them but everyone is so friendly and supportive!

Jemma Rubens, age 10

We love Lovereading4kids because they put books in front of us we wouldn’t otherwise have read. They make us more adventurous readers!

Emily Jacques

At @HHSHaringey we love @lovereading4kids because our pupils can practice reviewing & get free upcoming books before anyone else!

Helen Swinyard – Heartlands High

I am so pleased to have signed my kids up as they are reading a much wider range of books and even choosing books out of their comfort zone.

Angela East
Lovereading

Lovereading 4 schools