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Twelve-year-old Sade and her brother Femi are forced to flee their home country, Nigeria, when their mother is murdered because of their father’s criticism of General Abacha’s military regime. No longer safe, the children are smuggled out of Lagos under false identities, beginning a journey into an unknown world. Abandoned in London by the woman paid to protect them, they find themselves alone in a strange and hostile place, facing an uncertain future as asylum seekers… Guaranteed to touch a nerve, this is a raw and hard-hitting story of refugee children coping with a world of prejudice and loss.
Winner of the Carnegie Medal 2000.
April 27th, 2000
Lexiles are the global standard in reading assessment. They are unique as
they are able to measure a child and a book on the same scale – ensuring
the right book gets to the right child at the right time.
For more details see What is a lexile?.
AR book level: 5.3; Upper years; 9.0 points
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