Rightly endorsed by Amnesty International, this timely novel tackles life inside an Australian immigration detention centre, from the perspective of Subhi, our 9 year old protagonist who was born in the camp. The brutal prison-like aspects of these living arrangements are juxtaposed with a story of profound friendships, the power of imagination and the ability not to succumb to despair.
The Afterword provides pertinent and helpful context to the story and the issues raised. There are allusions to Subhi's ancestry from the much persecuted Royhingya minority in Myanmar but beyond the particular, the story has wider implications about the treatment of refugees and those seeking asylum. Ideally suited to Year 6 readers.