Welcome to Nowhere

4.03 based on 31 ratings & 16 reviews on Goodreads.com
Macmillan Children's Books

Publication date: 12.01.2017
ISBN: 9781509840496
Number of pages: 352

Synopsis

Twelve-year-old Omar and his brothers and sisters were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar doesn't care about politics - all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman who will take the world by storm. But when his clever older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes . . .

Before long, bombs are falling, people are dying, and Omar and his family have no choice but to flee their home with only what they can carry. Yet no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them - until they have no other choice than to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether. But where do you go when you can't go home?

In the media

A muscular, moving, thought-provoking book from an award-winning writer
Imogen Russell Williams, Guardian
Deeply moving . . . you can always count on Elizabeth Laird to write fearlessly but with compassion and this story will give readers plenty to think about
Bookbag
Not only does it explain how the war in Syria began in as clear a way as I have ever heard but [Elizabeth Laird] makes her characters lovable, loathable - and believable. They are children of war but not defined by it . . . fascinating and sing[s] with truth.
Alex O'Connell, The Times Children's Book of the Week

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Elizabeth Laird at Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

Elizabeth Laird at Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

  • CLPE
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  • 01 March 2017 09:30
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Reflecting Realities: British Values in Children’s Literature Conference " " " "This timely and important conference will consider the role that children’s literature has to play in helping us ma...

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Elizabeth Laird at Oxford Literary Festival

Elizabeth Laird at Oxford Literary Festival

  • Weston Lecture Theatre
    Weston Lecture Theatre
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  • 25 March 2017 16:00
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Seeing the World Through Children’s Books " " " "Award-winning authors Elizabeth Laird and Gill Lewis introduce their new books, Welcome to Nowhere and A Story Like the Wind, take children’s ques...

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