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Books about refugees and asylum seekers (teens)

Secrets in the Fire

Since asylum can be a confusing issue for teenagers (and even adults), here are some books that explore what it really means to flee your home and have to start your life over.

These books are mainly aimed at teenagers.

Check out our list for younger children

Check out our list for older children

  • Hidden

    Author: Miriam Halahmy

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  • Hidden

    Author: Miriam Halahmy

    Alix doesn’t want any trouble with the local bullies. But then she defends Samir, a boy who has recently joined their school – and…

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  • Illegal

    Author: Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and Illustrator: Giovanni Rigano

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  • Illegal

    Author: Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and Illustrator: Giovanni Rigano

    Illegal tells the story of Ebo, a 12-year-old boy who flees grinding poverty, zero opportunities and a drunken uncle in his s…

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  • Inheritance

    Author: Balli Kaur Jaswal

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  • Inheritance

    Author: Balli Kaur Jaswal

    As a newly-independent Singapore struggles to establish its own identity and economic stability, a single father in the Punjabi Si…

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  • Asylum

    Author: Rachel Anderson

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  • Asylum

    Author: Rachel Anderson

    Driven by drought, starvation and conflict, Rosa and Sunday have both undertaken perilous journeys across continents – only …

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  • I am Malala

    Author: Malala Yousafzai

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  • I am Malala

    Author: Malala Yousafzai

    This is the real life story of one of the most incredible and inspirational young people in the world. Reading this book might jus…

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  • Secrets in the Fire

    Author: Henning Mankell Translator: Anne Stuksrud

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  • Secrets in the Fire

    Author: Henning Mankell Translator: Anne Stuksrud

    Sofia and her family flee their Mozambique village after her father is killed by bandits. They attempt to start afresh, but the da…

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