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Books about refugees and asylum seekers (older children)

A Story Like The Wind

Since asylum can be a confusing issue for children (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 older children.

Check out our list for younger children

Check out our list for teenagers

  • Jackdaw Summer

    Author: David Almond

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Jackdaw Summer

    Author: David Almond

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

    Fate leads Liam to find an abandoned baby and as a result his life becomes entwined with that of Oliver, an African boy seeking as…

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  • Give Me Shelter

    Author: Editor: Tony Bradman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Give Me Shelter

    Author: Editor: Tony Bradman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Told through the eyes of children, this moving collection of short stories focuses on the experiences of asylum seekers from all o…

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  • The Bone Sparrow

    Author: Zana Fraillon

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Bone Sparrow

    Author: Zana Fraillon

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Focusing on a friendship between two young refugees, The Bone Sparrow is one of those rare, special books that will break your hea…

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  • Christophe’s Story

    Author: Nicki Cornwell and Karin Littlewood

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Christophe’s Story

    Author: Nicki Cornwell and Karin Littlewood

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 7+

    Christophe arrives as a Rwandan refugee in an English primary school, and initially suffers bullying...

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  • Azzi in Between

    Author: Sarah Garland

    Interest level: 6-12

    Reading age: 7

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  • Azzi in Between

    Author: Sarah Garland

    Interest level: 6-12

    Reading age: 7

    This is a moving tale of a refugee family told in graphic novel style and so appealing to a wide range of younger readers.

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  • Boy 87

    Author: Ele Fountain

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Boy 87

    Author: Ele Fountain

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    This is a timely and important book which illuminates the realities of life as a refugee. The horrors that 14-year-old Shif i…

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  • The Island

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    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Island

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    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 8+

    This chilling picture book about prejudice, intolerance and the plight of refugees will spark classroom discussions with older rea…

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  • Welcome to Nowhere

    Author: Elizabeth Laird

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Welcome to Nowhere

    Author: Elizabeth Laird

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 9+

    Omar doesn't know much about politics, nor does he care, however, when his older brother, Musa, throws his lot in with the student…

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  • Child I

    Author: Steve Tasane

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Child I

    Author: Steve Tasane

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    This heartbreaking tale of a group of children living in a refugee camp is based on real events, and will make readers both young …

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  • A Story Like The Wind

    Author: Gill Lewis Illustrator: Jo Weaver

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • A Story Like The Wind

    Author: Gill Lewis Illustrator: Jo Weaver

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Gill Lewis’s brief but beautiful story is rich in wonder, as well as being a timely reminder of the refugee crisis. Mixed wi…

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  • A Dangerous Crossing

    Author: Jane Mitchell

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • A Dangerous Crossing

    Author: Jane Mitchell

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    This heartbreaking story depicts the reality of fleeing war, as told by a 13-year-old boy. Not only is her story told with compass…

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  • Shadow

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Shadow

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    This is a candid exploration of the injustices of war, at home and away, and an unflinching account of the treatment of asylum see…

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