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Mock Newbery 2018: Stormy Seas

by Mary Voors | Jan 15, 2018
Cover image of Stormy Seas
Stormy Seas - Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale
Annick Press, 2017
56 pages

Immigration.

    Discrimination.

       Refugees.

         Hostility.

             Asylum.

Fear.

These topics are increasingly in the news. Stormy Seas – Stories of Young Boat Refugees is a very powerful collection of five stories of young people who endured risking everything, including their lives, in order to seek refuge in a new land.These are true stories of leaving everything behind in search of safety and peace.

  • Ruth. An 18-year-old who set sail for Cuba to escape the Nazis in Germany
  • Phu. A 14-year-old who takes a risky voyage on the South China Sea in hopes of finding a better life in the United States
  • Jose. A 13-year-old Cuban boy who travels on a boat to the United States.
  • Najeeba. An 11-year-old who takes a risky voyage on the Pacific Ocean to attempt to escape the Taliban in Afghanistan
  • Mohamed. A 17-year-old who is crossing the Mediterranean Sea looking for a place he can live in peace after his parents were killed in a bombing

Heart-wrenching and compelling, these true stories are important glimpses into a world which – through the luck of my birth – I was fortunate enough to escape. It is a difficult book to read. But it is an important one. And it left me wanting to know more.


I can't wait to talk about this book at our Mock Newbery discussion which will be held on February 3rd, 2018 at the Main Library in downtown Fort Wayne, IN. Or add your comments below!  We'd love to know what YOU thought of this title.

Each week, beginning the first week of November 2017 through the last week of January 2018, we will be discussing one (or more) of the titles on our 2018 Mock Newbery list. (The complete list of titles we'll be discussing can be found here.)

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