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Me, In Between

Written by Julya Rabinowich

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Me, In Between Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults School Stories Star Books Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

This award-winning novel tells a universal story which will affect readers of ages.

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2022

Told frankly in a direct and convincing first person narrative, Me, In Between is a powerful and moving story of the very many complex emotions and situations for the narrator, Madina and also for all children like her who are displaced from their home by war. Madina is an ordinary girl living through an extraordinarily difficult situation. Everything in her life has been turned upside down – her family has no home, her father has no work and her parents dont speak the language of the new country. And then there is everything new to learn about the country she has arrived in. Madina’s ambition is to fit in: to learn the language and customs of her hosts, to do well at school and, above all, to make friends. Can Madina pull all the disparate strands of her life together? Set in Austria and translated from German, this award-winning novel tells a universal story which will affect readers of ages.


Translated by Claire Storey

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for January 2022

Monster! Hungry! Phone! by Sean Taylor and Fred Benaglia

When the War Came Home by Lesley Parr

Me, In Between by Julya Rabinowich, translated by Claire Storey

Season of Secrets by Sally Nicholls

Me, In Between Synopsis

Madina and her family have fled war and unimaginable horror to seek asylum in Europe. Every day, she fills her diary with the truth about her new life – fitting into a new school, learning the language, her best friend Laura, and her own traumatic memories.

But though this new country promises hope and security, Madina and her family struggle to find their way, facing deprivation and humiliation in their crowded accommodation and enduring an endless wait for settled status. With her anxious father growing ever more controlling, Madina is torn between two lives. Can she build a bridge between her past and her future?

Me, In Between Press Reviews

Spare and powerful, Julya Rabinowich writes a refugee story about arriving - with an antiwar message. Not only is the simple yet powerful language remarkable, Rabinowich also writes convincingly complex and ambivalent characters - Die Zeit

An impressive novel that vividly illuminates the conflict among children and young people who are torn between two cultures and who have to find a new home. A moving story about friendship, migration and growing up in times of war and emigration - Radio Deutschlandfunk

Rabinowich gives her young heroine a strong and poetic voice. Her experiences could not have been described in a more exciting and haunting way - Radio Bremen

Madina becomes a voice for everyone who has to build a new life abroad - Neue Zurcher Zeitung

Julya Rabinowich is particularly convincing with her fictionalization; no trace of a well-intentioned refugee story, just skilfully sparse impressions from the first sentence. The style is concise yet warm ... Rabinowich portrays the self-discovery of an adolescent respectfully and sensitively - Neue Zurcher Zeitung

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ISBN: 9781839131240
Publication date: 06/01/2022
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839131240
Publication date: 6th January 2022
Author: Julya Rabinowich
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, School Stories, Personal Social Health Economic , Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, Star Books
Collections: Refugees - 40 children's books to raise awareness for Refugee Week 20-26 June,

About Julya Rabinowich

Julya Rabinowich (Author) Julya Rabinowich was born in St Petersburg in 1970. Her family emigrated to Vienna in 1977. She works as a writer, columnist and painter, as well as an interpreter. For many years she also worked with refugees and survivors of war and torture. Her adult and YA novels have won numerous awards, including the Friedrich Gerstacker Prize, the Austrian Children's and Young People's Book Prize and the Luchs Prize for Me, In Between.

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