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Fifteen-year-old Yasmin lives with her parents and six year old brother Ali in a small town in Syria. The country is at war, and after her father is injured in a bomb blast, Yasmin is forced to leave Syria with Ali to find a new life for them both. Her difficult journey takes her through the refugee camps of Turkey, into Greece and ultimately to western Europe. In the face of many terrors and terrible dangers, Yasmin strikes up a romantic friendship with sixteen-year-old Kamal. Can they find peace and safety together?

Featuring a warm romantic love story combined with relevant cultural and social issues, this book is idea for the girl who may be a reluctant reader but who wants to read books that are applicable to her age group. As part of the Promises series, this book tells a love story with light-heartedness and warmth, while dealing with real-life issues from a different perspective.

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This is Book 5 in the Promises Series. See all Promises books here.

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28th February '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to Dinosaur Boy aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This is a good, simple and easy read. It's a good book to introduce those who are unaware about the dangers and difficulties involved in the lives and journeys that refugees undertake to ensure their families are safe.

I read it with my son (Aged 6) who asks lots of questions about those less fortunate and he found it very sad. He said he was happy when the lady helped out Yasmin and Ali. 
7th May '17
GraceS246 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
a great book for anyone who loves to read an amazingly interesting story from start to finish, would highly recommend
13th May '17
Wolflover37 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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4 stars
I found this book so moving! It made me really think about how quickly children's lives are changed and how much responsibility is put on them. This poor young girl lost her dad during a bomb attack and needs to escape her country and keep her young brother safe. The book tells the story of their arduous journey to safety through different countries. I recommend this book ☺
22nd May '17
alexia read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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4 stars
This book was really good but i was very disapointed with the size i thought it was a big novel thats why i gave it 4 stars if it was bigger it would be given five.this book is good but i think it needs a second one to follow it and tell you what happens next.
23rd May '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Yasmin's Journey 9781785912566
3 stars
This book is published by Ransom Publishing.  Ransom is well known for supporting reluctant and struggling readers so this book has an older interest age with a younger reading age, ideal for someone who wants a technically easier read with a subject relevant to their age. 
Yasmin is no different to any other 15 year old, she loves her phone and chats regularly with her friends on social media. The only difference is that she doesn't often leave the house, 'it's not safe to go out after school, in case there's a bomb.' Inevitably the situation at home becomes too dangerous and the family decide it is time to flee, leave Syria. Yasmin finds herself in charge of her 6 year old brother as they escape their hometown in Syria without their parents. Meeting a 16 year old boy in a camp in Turkey the three of them take the decision to continue their journey to Greece...and hopefully hear word from their parents 
Simply written and simply told though nothing about the story is simple. There was so much scope for expansion and I felt that something was lost in the simplicity however it is a great starting point for further discussion.
24th May '17
I read it to Evie aged 8 aged 8
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3 stars
I was a bit worried about Eve reading this book as the book is about Syria and I know its in the news however she is only 8 so I am cautious to limit what she knows.

However the story is simply written and the story is very brief maybe too brief. It gives the impression almost that starting a new life is not that hard.
6th March '18
Madina read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
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3 stars
Easy to read short story 
19th May '17
Ali read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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3 stars
I only read this book due to winning it off Toppsta. It wasn't exactly what I expected it to be like. The girl, Yasmin, and her younger brother have to escape Syria due to it being unsafe. Before she left, her father was hit by a bomb, and was in hospital. Her mother had to stay behind to look after him.


Later, she finds out that her fathers died, and her mother still hasn't arrived yet.

Despite all of these things happening to her, the book doesn't really show her emotions, and how she coped with all of this. It just talks about her WhatsApp group, The Fun Girls.

I expected a little bit more from this book.
14th May '17
swalker read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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3 stars
I like the idea of the storyline for this book but I feel it didn't really live up to what I was expecting.
Of course reading this book I feel really lucky to have the comfortable life I do have at home with my parents without bombing and the fear of the war.
The story is far too short for the kind of book I usually like. It didn't have chance to really give the storyline chance to get into as much detail as I'd have liked. I had finished the book from start to finish within 20 minutes.
28th May '17
Lydib read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Yasmin's Journey 9781785912566
3 stars
This story is very short and easy to read. I finished it in a few days just reading in the mornings at school. Having seen a lot on the news about the war in Syria I expected this book to have more detail about it. It was very short and although the story was good and quite positive in the end, I expected and would have liked more detail and more about the character and how she struggled and what she felt.
12th May '17
I read it myself (an adult)
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2 stars
A highly disappointing story. The premise is of asylum seekers fleeing Syria, however it's written too simply and the story is very brief. At one point the main heroine, suffers a huge personal trauma but seems to recover quickly due to her 'fun girl' friends. And considering she and her brother leave behind their parents and traverse a perilous journey all she's focused about is the 'fit' boy accompanying her. 
I wouldn't really recommend this book as it doesn't even begin to touch the true emotions associated with leaving a wartorn country, family and friends. 
12th May '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Yasmin's Journey 9781785912566
1 stars
I had high hopes that this might be a book that I could use at school as a text to study and learn about the realities of what has happened and continues to happen in Syria, but this book is too simplistic and minimises the struggle that people have faced.
The author hasn't created enough tension or emotion to convey the true fear and danger that people lived in, and the horror of trying to escape. It does not explain about ISIS at all. 
It almost makes escaping and finding a way to a new life seem straightforward. 
I was disappointed. 
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About Miriam Halahmy

Miriam Halahmy writes novels, short stories and poetry. Hidden (2011) was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and was Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week. A stage adaptation toured the UK in 2017. Her other books include Illegal, Stuffed and The Emergency Zoo. Behind Closed Doors was published in US by Holiday House in 2017. Miriam is a member of the Socie...

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