Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest
Mary Beth Leatherdale
The millions of refugees crossing from North Africa into Europe—and the harrowing tales from war-torn towns—are not a new phenomenon. Still, it can be hard for students bombarded with images of cities reduced to rubble and overflowing boatloads of despondent faces to imagine the individual lives behind the danger and desperation. Mary Beth Leatherdale’s true portraits of young refugees from different countries and different eras will help create that connection. Ruth boards a ship to escape Nazi Germany, Phu sets out alone from war-torn Vietnam, a child flees Afghanistan and the Taliban—four of these heroes are still alive and shared their stories with Leatherdale. Many of today’s Lower Mainland students come from families whose histories mirror these, and it helps us all to understand their stories.
SUITABLE FOR GRADES 5–8
1412 Cartwright Street
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