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Alem is on holiday with his father for a few days in London. He has never been out of Ethiopia before and is very excited. They have a great few days togther until one morning when Alem wakes up in the bed and breakfast they are staying at to find the unthinkable. His father has left him. It is only when the owner of the bed and breakfast hands him a letter that Alem is given an explanation. Alem's father admits that because of the political problems in Ethiopia both he and Alem's mother felt Alem would be safer in London - even though it is breaking their hearts to do this. Alem is now on his own, in the hands of the social services and the Refugee Council. He lives from letter to letter, waiting to hear from his father, and in particular about his mother, who has now gone missing...A powerful, gripping new novel from the popular Benjamin Zephaniah
Life is not safe for Alem. His mother is Eritrean and his father is Ethiopian. Both Ethiopia and Eritrea are fighting for the border between both of their countries. Alem’s father has to make the hardest decision of his life.
Where can he go that is safe for Alem? It is time for Alem to start his amazing journey. From asylums to foster care parents, where else can he go? Is Alem going to fit in this culture? Are they going to judge him because he has different coloured skin? What will happen to Alem?
I recommend this book for ages 12 and up, it is a really well written book but it is very sad. If you are not particularly fond of sad books than this probably isn’t your type of book.
Get ready to face the events that will unfold in Alem’s life. This book is an amazing novel for older readers, I really enjoyed it and I loved finding out the truth about what happens to refugees and what a refugee is. It is a novel but it can teach many useful things if you let it. I rate this book 4 ½ stars. As I said before great book and I recommend that you read it.