Leaving Home by Jan Michael

Leaving Home

Written by Jan Michael
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Leaving Home by Jan Michael

Orphaned Sam has to leave behind his affluent life in the city: his computer, his trendy clothing, and his pride, to live with his aunt in his mother's home village, a village at the back of beyond. He has to sleep on the floor in a one-roomed hut, sharing with his aunt , his cousins and other orphans. He misses his mother terribly, but she seems so very far away. How can he adjust? Where does he belong? A penetrating picture of modern Malawi is built up from the perspective of a child, in all its colour and faith and optimism. Leaving Home is a story to challenge anyone's perception of a homogeneous Africa, and the publication is timely when the issues involved - AIDS, orphans and displaced children - are important to many young people. The writing is subtle and evocative and the characters make a strong and lasting impact.


...realistic and somewhat harrowing * The Northern Echo * The story is sure to find a warm response in young readers, especially since, though the circumstances may differ, the feelings and responses that Sam experiences are those of everychild. * Books for Keeps * It makes a strong and lasting impact... a heart-warming book. * Teen Titles 43 * [Sam's] moving story is well told by an author who never puts a foot wrong. * Carousel *

About the Author

Jan Michael spent an idyllic childhood, living between the Yorkshire moors where she was born, and the Seychelles where her parents worked. She was sent to boarding school in Wales when she was eleven, and from then on visited many different countries in Africa and Asia in the summer months. She has written five adult novels to date, and several children's stories, which have been variously published in English, Dutch, Italian, German and Japanese. She has won two prizes in the Netherlands, including the Dutch Vlag en Wimpel prize. Jan now lives partly in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and partly in Settle, North Yorkshire.

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192 pages


Jan Michael
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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

7th August 2008



Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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