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Recommended fiction teacher notes for primary and secondary schools by Amnesty International has notes for fiction books on human rights themes, including several relating to refugees

Books about refugees and asylum seekers as recommended by BookTrust

 

List of Fiction Books

1. Fiction Resources for Primary Schools

KS = Key Stage

KS1= 5-7 yrs old

KS2 = 7-11yrs old

KS 3 = 11-14yrs old

1.1 Afghanistan

The Breadwinner (A girl’s life under Taliban rule) – Deborah Ellis

ISBN 0192752111

KS2/KS3

Parvana’s Journey (sequel to The Breadwinner) – Deborah Ellis

ISBN 0192752855

KS2/KS3


1.2 Africa

The Other Side of Truth – Beverly Naidoo

ISBN 0141304766KS2/KS3

Published by Puffin

A fast and vivid account of a family’s flight from threat and murder seen through the eyes of 12 year old Sade and her 10 year old brother Femi. It traces their frightening experiences in both Nigeria and England.

A Fight to Belong – Alan Gibbons

ISBN 1899120815

Home is a Place called Nowhere by Leon Rosselson

ISBN 019271914 9 Published by Oxford University Press

‘Amina has run away from the only home she has ever known. Alone and frightened, she is determined to find her real mother.’ The story of a young refugee’sattempt to find her real story.

The Cinnamon Tree (Landmine victim) – Aubrey Flegg

ISBN 0862786576

KS2/KS3

One Day We Had to Run by Sybella Wilkes

ISBN 0237520958Published by Oxfam Educational

Out of the Flames (Africa & Ireland) – Vincent McDonnell

ISBN 0862787645

KS2/KS3

Year Of No Rain (Sudan) – Alice Mead

ISBN 034372888

KS2/KS3

The Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman

ISBN 0711219915KS1/2

Published by Frances Lincoln Ltd.

The story of Hassan’s first day at an English school, after his family flee the war in Somalia. It describes his sadness, and how the school helps him to feel welcome and settled. A beautiful picture book, suitable for ages 5 – 11.

Somali Journeys

A textbook for KS2 children detailing the stories of five Somali families who have settled in the city.

Copies can be ordered from:

Elaine Rees, Dingle Granby Toxteth EAZ, Ayrton House, Parliament Business Park, Commerce Way, Liverpool, L7 8BA


1.3 Eastern Europe and the Balkans

Zlata’s Diary – Zlata Filipovic

ISBN 0140374639KS1/KS2 Published by Puffin

Real diary of a young girl trapped in Sarajevo when war broke out in 1992. For nearly 2 years she recorded how war touched her daily life and robbed her of her childhood. Very useful for Years 5 – 9, particularly in comparison with Anne Franks’ Diary.

Hana’ s Suitcase – Karen Levine

ISBN 0237526301 Published by Evans

A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese holocaust Centre learned about her life, after Hana’s suitcase was sent to her. Moving and beautifully told.

Girl of Kosovo – Alice Mead

ISBN 0374326207

KS2/KS3

No Guns for Asmir – Christobel Mattingley

ISBN 0140367292

KS2/KS3

Kosovan Journeys (Big Book) – Howard Davies & Jill Rutter

ISBN 0946787433

KS1/KS2

Smiling for Strangers (escaping from the former Yugoslavia) – Gaye Hiçyilmaz

ISBN 185881491X

KS2/KS3

Petar’s Song (Picture Book) – Pratima Mitchell

ISBN 0711220638

KS1/KS2


1.4 World War 2

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr

ISBN 0006708013

KS2/KS3

Waiting for Anya – Michael Morpurgo

ISBN 0749706341

KS2/KS3

The Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier

ISBN 0140301461

KS2/KS3

Hitler’s Daughter – Jackie French

ISBN 0007122721

KS2/KS3

Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl

ISBN 0141315180

KS2/KS3

A Picture Book of Anne Frank – David D. Adler

ISBN 0330331922

Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

ISBN 0440403278

And The Stars Were Gold – Gaye Hiςyilmaz

KS2/KS3


1.5 Other

The Frozen Waterfall (From Turkey to Switzerland) – Gaye Hiςyilmaz

ISBN 0571194958

KS2/KS3

Bilingual Folk Tales

KS1/KS2 Published by the Refugee Council

A series of colourful illustrated books, each telling a popular folk tale from a different country, matching the English translation against the tale told in its original language. Suitable for early years and primary schools.Each book carries details of the country where the folk tale originated.

Pictures from the Fire (Roma) – Gaye Hiςyilmaz

ISBN 1858818966

KS2/KS3

Reflections

A booklet of memories collected from asylum seeker and refugee families in the local area. It has some ideas for classroom use and has teacher perspectives with in it.

Available from Elaine Rees, Dingle Granby Toxteth EAZ, Ayrton House, Parliament Business Park, Commerce Way, Liverpool, L7 8BA

The Whispering Cloth (Picture Book -Thailand) – Pegi Deitz Shea

ISBN 1563976234

KS1/KS2

Dia’s Story Cloth (Picture Book – China to Thailand) – Dia Cha

ISBN 1880000636

KS1/KS2

Lost For Words (A newcomer from Bangladesh) – Elizabeth Lutzeier

ISBN 0330398202

KS2/KS3

Home Is A Place Called Nowhere – Leon Rosselson

KS2/KS3

Samik and Yonatan (Israel/Palestine) – Daniella Cakmi

KS2/KS3

Amina’s Blanket – Helen Dunmore

Yellow Bananas

KS1/KS2

On the Run (civil war) – Elizabeth Laird

Mammoth Read Series

KS2/KS3

The Silver Path- Christine Harris, Helen Ong

Magi Publications

KS1


2. Fiction Resources for Secondary Schools

KS = Key Stage

KS2 = 7-11yrs old

KS 3 = 11-14yrs old

KS4 = 14-16yrs old

2.1 Afghanistan

The Breadwinner (A girl’s life under Taliban rule) – Deborah Ellis

ISBN 0192752111

KS2/KS3

Parvana’s Journey (sequel to The Breadwinner) – Deborah Ellis

ISBN 0192752855

KS2/KS3

My Forbidden Face (Growing Up Under the Taliban) – Latifa

ISBN 1860499619

KS3/KS4

Zoya’s Story – Zoya with John Follain & Rita Cristofari

ISBN 0755311132

KS4

Boy Overboard (Football and Afghan refugees moving to Australia) – Morris Gleitzman

ISBN 014131625X

KS2


2.2 Africa

The Other Side of Truth by Beverly Naidoo

ISBN 0 14 130476 6

KS2/KS3

Price: £4.99

Published by Puffin

A fast and vivid account of a family’s flight from threat and murder seen through the eyes of 12 year old Sade and her 10 year old brother Femi. It traces their frightening experiences in both Nigeria and England.

A Fight to Belong – Alan Gibbons

ISBN 1899120815

Secrets in the Fire (Mozambique) – Henning Mankell

ISBN 1865081817

KS3/KS4

Playing With Fire (Mozambique) – Henning Mankell

ISBN 1865087149

KS4

Little Soldier – Bernard Ashley

ISBN 1860398790

KS3/KS4

Home is a Place called Nowhere by Leon Rosselson

ISBN 0 19 271914 9

Price: £6.99

Published by Oxford University Press

‘Amina has run away from the only home she has ever known. Alone and frightened, she is determined to find her real mother.’ The story of a young refugee’sattempt to find her real story.

Refugee BoyBenjamin Zephaniah

ISBN 0 7475 5086 7

Price: £5.99

Published by Bloomsbury Publishing

The story of Alem, a 14 year old refugee who has come to live in England. His mother is Eritrean and his father Ethiopian, and with both countries at war, he is welcome in neither place. A thought provoking book, useful for discussion in year 6, and for teacher background information.

The Cinnamon Tree (Landmine victim) – Aubrey Flegg

ISBN 0862786576

KS2/KS3

One Day We Had to Run by Sybella Wilkes

ISBN 0 237520 95 8

Published by Oxfam Educational

Out of the Flames (Africa & Ireland) – Vincent McDonnell

ISBN 0862787645

KS2/KS3

Year Of No Rain (Sudan) – Alice Mead

ISBN 0374372888

KS2/KS3


2.3 Eastern Europe and the Balkans

Zlata’s Diary – Zlata Filipovic

ISBN 0 14 037463 9

Price: £4.99

Published by Puffin

Real diary of a young girl trapped in Sarajevo when war broke out in 1992. For nearly 2 years she recorded how war touched her daily life and robbed her of her childhood. Very useful for Years 5 – 9, particularly in comparison with Anne Franks’ Diary.

Hana’s Suitcase – Karen Levine

ISBN 0 237 52630 1

Published by Evans

A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese holocaust Centre learned about her life, after Hana’s suitcase was sent to her. Moving and beautifully told.

Adem’s Cross – Alice Mead

ISBN 0440227356

KS3/KS4

Girl of Kosovo – Alice Mead

ISBN 0374326207

KS2/KS3

No Guns for Asmir – Christobel Mattingley

ISBN 0140367292

KS2/KS3

Smiling for Strangers (escaping from the former Yugoslavia) – Gaye Hiçyilmaz

ISBN 185881491X

KS2/KS3

Only a Matter of Time (Albanian & Serb teenagers become friends) -Stewart Ross

ISBN 0750237333

KS3/KS4


2.4 World War 2

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr

ISBN 0006708013

KS2/KS3

The Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier

ISBN 0140301461

KS2/KS3

Hitler’s Daughter – Jackie French

ISBN 0007122721

KS2/KS3

Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl

ISBN 0141315180

KS2/KS3

Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

ISBN 0440403278

And The Stars Were Gold – Gaye Hiςyilmaz

KS2/KS3


2.5 Other

The Frozen Waterfall (From Turkey to Switzerland) – Gaye Hiςyilmaz

ISBN 0571194958

KS2/KS3

Girl in Red (Roma) – Gaye Hiςyilmaz

ISBN 1858814901

KS3/KS4

Reflections

A booklet of memories collected from asylum seeker and refugee families in the local area. It has some ideas for classroom use and has teacher perspectives with in it.

Available from Elaine Rees, Dingle Granby Toxteth EAZ, Ayrton House, Parliament, Business Park, Commerce Way, Liverpool, L7 8BA

£2.50 + Postage

The Road From Rome (Turkey/Armenia early 20th century) – David Kherdian

ISBN 0688802052

KS3/KS4

Lost For Words (A newcomer from Bangladesh) – Elizabeth Lutzeier

ISBN 0330398202

KS2/KS3

Home Is A Place Called Nowhere – Leon Rosselson

KS2/KS3

Samik and Yonatan (Israel/Palestine) – Daniella Cakmi

KS2/KS3

Run (On the run from immigration & the past) – Farrukh Dhondy

ISBN 0747550085

KS3/KS4

On the Run (civil war) – Elizabeth Laird

Mammoth Read Series

KS2/KS3

Only a Matter of Time (Albanian & Serb teenagers become friends) -Stewart Ross

ISBN 0750237333

KS3/KS4


2.6 Poetry

Too Black Too Strong – Benjamin Zephaniah

ISBN 1852245549

KS3/ KS4