15 year old Shaden must flee the escalating violence in Syria after her home is bombed and destroyed and her father dies. Together with her mother they begin the long journey to safety. Their first destination is Beirut. Trouble and misfortune follow them to Beirut and Shaden finds herself all alone with no other choice but to take the dangerous trip by sea and land crossing many countries in the hope of reaching Malmo Sweden where her uncle lives. A young adult novel that gives readers a glimpse of why people are sometimes forced to leave their homes and countries and an insight into what it means to be a refugee
· Points for discussion : What does the Homeland mean to you?
· How does war and conflict affect the lives of people?
· Why are some people forced to leave their countries and seek refuge elsewhere?
· Are differences of opinion in the same family cause for a rift in the family? How should differences in opinion be expressed?
· What are the causes of illegal refuge? What are the dangers and risks? How difficult is it for a refugee to fit in a new culture and why?
· How important are friends in Shaden’s life? How important are they in your life?
· Why is it important to keep one’s dreams and aspirations alive and strive towards them?
· What are the causes for intolerance towards illegal refugees in some countries?
· Shaden faces some very sympathetic people and some intolerant people on her trip to safety. Discuss
· Discuss refugee camps found in surrounding countries to the conflict. How do people living in refugee camps feel?
· How do different cultures express joy and happiness to others. How does the Arab culture do that.
· Why is expressing celebration by shooting guns up in the air dangerous?
· Is Shaden an inspiring character? Have you heard of others?