The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees

Jacket art for the graphic novel The Unwanted

  • Contributors: Don Brown
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  • Summary: Syria, 2011: Teenage boys graffiti "Down with the regime" on a wall. This small act is just one of the many sparks that ignite a revolution to overthrow the tyrannical rule of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. But Assad and his supporters are ruthless: imprisonment, torture, and devastating massacres tear the country apart. Refugees begin to flee Syria in staggering numbers. The unexpected flood of victims overwhelms neighboring countries. Desperate refugees escape to Europe. Chaos reigns. Resentment heightens as disruption and the cost of aid grow. By 2017, the war rages on an many nations want to close their borders and turn their backs on the victims. The refugees are the unwanted. Don Brown, the award-winning creator of The Great American Dust Bowl and Drowned City, depicts moments of both heartbreaking horror and hope in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Shining a light on the stories of the survivors, The Unwanted is both a testament to the courage and resilience of the refugees and a call to action, serving as a timely reminder that this is not just a Syrian criss, but a human crisis. -- From dust jacket.
  • Awards/Recognition:
    • ALA Notable Children's Books - Older Readers Category, 2019
    • Middle East Book Award for Youth Non-Fiction, 2019
    • Middle East Book Award, Youth Non-fiction
    • Sibert Medal Nominee, 2019
    • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, 2019
    • No additional awards known of as of 10/1/2020. Please contact this project's researchers if you are aware of an award not listed.

  • Number of Pages: 103
  • Recommended Grade Level: 8-12
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 9781328810151

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