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A House without walls

Hardback ISBN 9781509880720 Paperback ISBN 9781509886012 Illustrations by Lucy Eldridge

Hardback ISBN 9781509880720 Paperback ISBN 9781509886012 Illustrations by Lucy Eldridge

Safiya is twelve. She’s from Damascus. She’s a refugee but she hates that word! She’d like you to know, also, that her teeth stick out a bit.

Safiya is a twin, but she and her sister were separated when they were a few weeks old. It’s the dream of Safiya’s life to find her twin. She’s sure they’ll be soulmates, and best friends for ever.

But Safiya and her family have been driven out of Syria by civil war and now they live in Jordan.  She knows how lucky she is – to be living near members of her family and not in a refugee camp - but it's hard to feel grateful when her house is a tent and she has to look after her father and brother, rather than go back to school.  

As the family struggle to rebuild their lives, Safiya sets about trying uncover the secrets that war has kept buried. Those discoveries will change her life.

A House Without Walls contains wonderful illustrations by Lucy Eldridge.

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