Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland

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Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.

Winner of the inaugural Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2013
A haunting story of a family's flight from danger to a new life in a new country. Drawing on her own experience of working among refugee families, renowned author and illustrator Sarah Garland tells, with tenderness and humour, an exciting adventure story to be enjoyed by readers of all ages.


Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland

Azzi and her parents are in danger. They have to leave their home and escape to another country on a frightening journey by car and boat. In the new country they must learn to speak a new language, find a new home and Azzi must start a new school. With a kind helper at the school, Azzi begins to learn English and understand that she is not the only one who has had to flee her home. She makes a new friend, and with courage and resourcefulness, begins to adapt to her new life. But Grandma has been left behind and Azzi misses her more than anything. Will Azzi ever see her grandma again?

Endorsed by Amnesty International.


Wonderful. A masterpiece. -- Kate Kellaway Observer

A tour de force ... full of warmth and love. Books for Keeps

A small miracle of compassionate storytelling. The Times

Sarah Garland tenderly creates a story of hope from the troubled experience of immigration in this warm-hearted picture book. -- Julia Eccleshare Guardian

It is unusual to come across a picture book that one feels so strongly about that one wants everyone - whatever their age - to read it... Garland treats her subject with unpatronising, well-informed sensitivity. -- Kate Kellaway Observer

a very powerful story Juno

An attractively produced book that succeeds in explaining some of the difficulties faced by an immigrant child adjusting to the culture of a host country. School Librarian

Her sensitive handling of it masks the weight and significance of the subject which Garland is introducing to her young readers. The Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Sarah Garland

Sarah Garland is a much-loved author/illustrator who has published more than 40 books. The daughter of a publisher and illustrator, she trained as a typographer at the London College of Printing. She has written many books for children, and also books for adults on herbs and their uses. During her childhood in the New Forest and in recent years she has concentrated on growing a very wide variety of herbs to use in her kitchen, and to treat minor ailments.

She lives in Chedworth, Gloucestershire.

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Publication date

7th May 2015




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