Welcome to Nowhere

4.25 based on 64 ratings & 22 reviews on Goodreads.com
Macmillan Children's Books

Publication date: 13.07.2017
ISBN: 9781509840472
Number of pages: 352


Welcome to Nowhere is a powerful and beautifully written story about the life of one family caught up in civil war by the award-winning author Elizabeth Laird.

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?

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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
[H]umane and empathetic . . . Not only eye-opening, important and topica, but a vivid, emotionally involving, nail-biting read . . .an effective call to action.
Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week
A poignant, special book which is beautifully written. Essential reading.