Subtitle: The Freedom Finders
By: Emily Conolan
Genre: YFT - Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: A & U Children
Published: 28 Mar 2018
ISBN: 9781760294922

Description

To find freedom, you must leave behind everything you've ever known. It is 2011. You want nothing more than to be a journalist in Somalia like your aunty. But the truth can be dangerous - and when you and your little sister are left alone, you find yourself facing life-and-death choices at every turn.


Can you escape a terrorist organisation and find a safe place to call home? You'll be asked to cross a desert on foot, hide below deck in a leaky boat, and put your life in the hands of people smugglers. At every turn, the choice is yours. How far will you go for freedom?


Review

This is a ‘choose your own’ story where all the choices you make are life and death ones.


Set in Somalia and Kenya, we mostly follow the lives of two young orphans, who are brother and sister, as they struggle to find a way to a new life in Australia. They both want to follow in the footsteps of their aunty and become journalists, but first they have to survive to tell their story. How far would you go to protect each other and find freedom?


This is a great new series which will perfectly suit readers in the upper primary and lower secondary years. The choices the children make are very challenging, and some have deadly consequences. A perfect book to introduce the difficulties faced by refugees and people living in war torn countries across the globe, as well as how wealthy countries can manage this and where they can help.


The back of the book has fact file pages, where different aspects of the story are explained in detail, which helps clarify the story.


Reviewed by Michelle