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Welcome to Nowhere

Written by Elizabeth Laird

Welcome to Nowhere Synopsis

Welcome to Nowhere is a powerful and beautifully written story about the life of one family caught up in civil war by the award-winning author Elizabeth Laird. Twelve-year-old Omar and his brothers and sisters were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar doesn't care about politics - all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman who will take the world by storm. But when his clever older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes . . . Before long, bombs are falling, people are dying, and Omar and his family have no choice but to flee their home with only what they can carry. Yet no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them - until they have no other choice than to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether. But where do you go when you can't go home?

Welcome to Nowhere Press Reviews

Powerful, heart-breaking and compelling * The Scotsman * A poignant, special book which is beautifully written. Essential reading. * ReadingZone * Deeply moving . . . you can always count on Elizabeth Laird to write fearlessly but with compassion and this story will give readers plenty to think about * Bookbag * This powerful, dramatic story, poignantly illustrates how war affects ordinary people * Bookseller * Not only does it explain how the war in Syria began in as clear a way as I have ever heard but [Elizabeth Laird] makes her characters lovable, loathable - and believable. They are children of war but not defined by it . . . fascinating and sing[s] with truth. * Alex O'Connell, The Times Children's Book of the Week * An important story for our time * Scottish Book Trust * [I]n bringing the fate of the victims of the Syrian conflict to life for young readers, both to inform and encourage sympathy and understanding, it is much to be admired. * Books for Keeps * A muscular, moving, thought-provoking book from an award-winning writer * Imogen Russell Williams, Guardian * [H]umane and empathetic . . . Not only eye-opening, important and topical, but a vivid, emotionally involving, nail-biting read . . .an effective call to action. * Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509840496
Publication date: 10th January 2017
Author: Elizabeth Laird
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages

About Elizabeth Laird

Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award-winning author of several much-loved children's books, including The Garbage King, The Prince Who Walked with Lions and The Fastest Boy in the World. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal six times. She lives in Britain now, but still likes to travel as much as she can.

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