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The Ones That Disappeared

Written by Zana Fraillon

The Ones That Disappeared Synopsis

Beautiful, magical and moving, this is a SKELLIG for a new generation, from the author of THE BONE SPARROW, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2017 and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016. 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.

The Ones That Disappeared Press Reviews

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 * The writing is beautiful and the message of survival and bravery a universal one * THE BOOKSELLER * This is an extraordinarily powerful and beautifully written novel about child slavery. This is a gripping novel, and one which celebrates hope while taking us to the most painful places. Adults as well as older teenagers will find this an exceptional read. * The School Librarian * A profoundly poignant novel * The Metro on The Bone Sparrow * This is a tragic, beautifully crafted and wonderful book whose chirpy, stoic hero shames us all. I urge you to read it * The Independent on The Bone Sparrow * A contender for the children's book of the year... It is a heartrending tale about how our stories make us, and also an angry polemic, vividly convincing in is detailed description of what it means for your home to be a tent in the dust behind a guarded fence. * The Sunday Times on The Bone Sparrow * Outstanding . . . This is an important, heartbreaking book with frequent, unexpected humour, that everyone, whether teenager or adult, should read. * The Guardian on The Bone Sparrow *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781510101586
Publication date: 27th June 2017
Author: Zana Fraillon
Publisher: Orion Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 272 pages

About Zana Fraillon

Zana Fraillon worked as a primary school teacher before becoming a full-time writer of fiction and picture books for young children. She is the author of The Ones That Disappeared and The Bone Sparrow, which won the Amnesty CILIP Honour 2017, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children's Book Prize, and has garnered widespread critical acclaim. Zana lives in Victoria, Australia, with her husband and three sons.

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