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Subhi’s spent his whole life in prison, but he’s committed no crime. Think this is sci-fi? If only. It’s life right now in an Australian refugee camp. School can feel like a prison. But Subhi’s world is the real thing. A huge cage of wire fences, menacing guards and dusty tents. He was born there. He’s never been outside. Every scorching day is the dusty old same. But at night, the sea finds its way to his tent, carrying odd treasures. And one day it brings him Jimmie. Clutching a book she can’t even read and wearing a bone trinket round her neck, she brings Subhi the key to her past – and possibly to his future, too…

  • A vivid, moving story about a refugee born in detention
  • Essential reading for fans of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • Based on the real-life experiences of Rohingya refugees
  • A wonderful tale exploring freedom, hope and stories

“A special book” – Morris Gleitzman, author of Once

“Tragic, beautifully crafted and wonderful” – The Independent

Product Details

Catalogue number

8402 in Secondary Schools Catalogue 2019/20






Orion Children's Books

Date published

January 5th, 2017

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.9; Upper years; 8.0 points

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  • 240 pages


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