AUTHOR = DEBORAH ELLIS
GENRE = REFUGEES, WAR, POLITICS, CHILDHOOD, GROWING UP
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 7-9
Readers of the “Parvana” series will recall that Shauzia was Parvana’s best friend in the first book. Together they worked in the Kabul market and dreamed of one day escaping from the toil and trouble of Afghanistan and travelling to France to lie in fields of lavender.
As the title suggests, this book focusses on Shauzia’s story and how she is surviving in the refugee camp in Pakistan. Shauzia was every bit as headstrong and determined as Parvana and she is frustrated at the way of life around her. She rebels against the older women in the refugee camp and sets off alone, hoping to make it to the sea so she can travel to France, and maybe meet up with Parvana there.
However, Shauzia soon discovers that surviving on her own in the city of Peshawar is fraught with danger. Will her headstrong nature actually prove to be a curse for Shauzia or will it give her the will to survive??
For those who have enjoyed the “Parvana” series, this book will be a welcome addition: with strong, credible child characters and plenty of action, drama and emotion. This book is a real page turner and offers a welcome insight into refugee life which should be quite eye-opening for young Australian readers.
Highly Recommended (dma) *****